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Posted: 8:54 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
On Tuesday night Eyewitness News reviewed a new study that shows how much traffic truly impacts life. The study also identified some of the biggest traffic problems in the Charlotte area, everything from which roads to how those long waits add up. Longtime Charlotte residents said that Charlotte traffic is bad, horrible and nasty and the new study from Texas A&M University suggests they are right. The study said the average American spends an entire work week sitting in traffic each year and identified the worst traffic spots in the country. In Charlotte, three stood out. The six-mile stretch on I-85 between University City Boulevard and Speedway Boulevard was called the worst. The second was the I-485 between the Tryon Street and Pineville-Matthews Road exits, and the third was the eight-mile stretch on 77 southbound from Statesville to exit 36 in Mooresville. Channel 9 Department of Transportation cameras show each trouble spot had plenty of traffic Tuesday night. Michael Yao lives near 485 and knows the consistent delays firsthand. "There's no question. It bottlenecks there every single day. It's horrible," said Yao. But it is not just time that is wasted; the same study found that it is money, too. Nationwide $121 billion a year is wasted in time and fuel; for the average American that breaks down to $818.
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