Traffic Bottlenecks

Highway users identify seasonal bottlenecks; plead for federal money

Driver advocacy groups say a record number of vehicles will hit the road over the July Fourth holiday weekend. Despite high gasoline prices, Triple-A estimates that more than 34  million people will be on the roads this weekend, up two-point-six percent from last year alone.

Experts have also identified the 25 worst traffic bottlenecks in the country. They say the worst include the Oregon coast, the Tidewater region of Virginia, the Maryland/Delaware shore, Branson, Missouri and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Triple-A is teaming up with the American Highway Users Alliance and TRIP, a national transportation research group, to lobby Congress to pass a permanent highway and mass transit bill. They say funding is vital if rural areas that Americans now cherish are to remain accessible.