Every fall, the battle for bragging rights among Texas cities begins. The winners don't have the best high school football teams, no, they've got the worst roads for traffic in the whole state and the rights to complain that comes with it.
The Texas Department of Transportation's new 100 Most Congested Roadways list confirms that yeah, we do have it pretty bad in Dallas County.
Twenty-two of the 100 clogged highways and byways reside within our borders, from the fourth worst road for traffic in Texas — the stretch of Woodall Rogers Freeway between U.S. 75 and Beckley Avenue — to the 99th worst — Mockingbird Lane between State Highway 183 and State Highway 75.
Compared to Texas' other major metros, though, Dallas doesn't look that bad. Harris County, which contains Houston, makes the list a whopping 44 times — including Nos. 1 and 3 — and Travis County, which contains Austin, makes the list 14 times despite having a population two-and-a-half times smaller than Dallas County.
In order to determine which roads made the congestion naughty list TxDOT uses a complex calculation to figure out the total hours of delay per mile on any given road segment. On the aforementioned stretch of Woodall Rogers, for example, Dallas drivers wasted nearly 750,000 hours per mile of road from Sept. 1, 2015, to Aug. 31, 2016. On the 99th place stretch of Mockingbird, a far more tolerable 130,000 hours were wasted per mile.
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