Economic Recovery Spurs Rise In Traffic Congestion
Traffic congestion declined during the recession, but is on the upswing again, according to a study by traffic and navigation services INRIX. The study links the economic recovery with an increase in traffic congestion in areas targeted by the stimulus and areas with major industries that are beginning to grow again. Las Vegas and Washington D.C. showed increased congestion in 2009 as the gambling and public sectors fared well. Additionally, construction projects have led to a 25 percent increase in traffic congestion in non-peak hours. Most road construction in 2009 was funded by federal stimulus dollars. The combination of a gradual economic recovery and construction projects were considered to be major factors.