New data reveals North Texas’ most congested roads – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Traffic is a sign that an area is booming economically, but it can also be extremely frustrating for residents and commuters. In a recent report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, a major highway in Dallas took first place. 2 among the most congested roads in the state of Texas.

Woodall Rodgers Freeway from US Highway 75 to North Beckley Ave ranked second overall in Texas and first in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area.

Research from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute shows delays on Texas roads are increasing — but still lagging behind pre-COVID numbers.

The institute says the study measures congestion by determining the deceleration per mile of travel – how much longer it takes for motorists to drive on a paved road than to make the same journey in congestion-free conditions.

“Traffic congestion isn’t just a problem in big cities, and this problem will almost certainly get worse as our population increases by almost 20 million over the next 25 years,” says David Wardrobe, lead researcher at TTI for the annual study. “With this kind of growth, Texas needs to use whatever means it can to keep people and goods moving. We need to increase capacity, run the system efficiently and provide people with travel options.”

Researchers say these strategies require rapid road construction, an approach the Texas Department of Transportation is taking as part of its Texas Clear Lanes initiative.


district overall ranking DFW rank street name Out of to
Dallas 2 1 Woodall Rodgers Fwy/SS 366 United States 75th N.Beckley Ave
tarantula 6 2 North Fwy / IH 35W / US 287 SCH 183 I 30
Dallas 7 3 IH 345 / US 75 / IH 45 United States 75th SM Wright Fwy/US 175
Dallas 9 4 United States 75th Lyndon B Johnson Fwy/IH 635 US 75 Woodall Rodgers Fwy/SS 366
Dallas 11 5 ERL Thornton Fwy / IH 30 / US 67 Jefferson Viaduct E RL Thornton Fwy / IH 30 / US 67 Buckner Blvd / SL 12 E
Dallas 12 6 Stemmon’s Fwy / IH 35E / US 77 John W. Zimmerman / SH 183 Tom Landry Fwy / IH 30
tarantula 14 7 North Fwy / IH 35W / US 287 US81 / US287 28th St / SH 183
Dallas 17 8th Lyndon B Johnson Fwy/IH 635 Stemmon’s Fwy / IH 35E / US 77 United States 75th
Dallas 18 9 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy/IH 635 United States 75th Garland Avenue / SH 78
Dallas 20 10 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy/IH 635 Garland Avenue / SH 78 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy/IH 635 US 80
Texas’s Most Congested Roads Ranking for 2022 shows delays on the state’s roads are increasing but still lagging behind pre-COVID conditions. (Texas A&M Transportation Institute map data)

TTI has conducted annual surveys of the state’s busiest stretches of road and highway since 2009. The analysis, funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, found that the ranking changed little from 2020 to 2021.

Researchers say eight of the 10 most congested stretches of road have remained in the top ten over the past three years, stressing that traffic will eventually return to known levels if the state’s population grows and its economy remains strong.

TxDOT is fighting traffic blockages for Texas drivers nationwide and has already planned projects for some of the congested spots.

To read the full analysis, click here.

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