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Crawling At 16 MPH? WSJ Says I-95 Fails In Fairfield County

I-95 is pretty much a parking lot after a massive accident in Norwalk earlier this year during the morning rush hour.
I-95 is pretty much a parking lot after a massive accident in Norwalk earlier this year during the morning rush hour. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — It's one thing everyone in Fairfield County can agree on: I-95 is the worst.

Not only does the Wall Street Journal agree, a new story says the Maine-to-Florida freeway is a failure.

And as the WSJ explains how the highway fails — through a series of facts that interact with a map — our stretch of I-95 in particular is called out for its short-comings.

This will come as no surprise: One of I-95’s most congested stretches nationwide is in Fairfield County — and Stamford is ranked as the second-most congested city per-capita after Los Angeles, according to the Wall Street Journal.

On Friday at 5 p.m., traffic moves at an average speed of 16 mph from Stamford and Bridgeport, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of 2015 data from the University of Maryland. So, yes, the 23-mile journey can take over an hour — just check the solid red line on your favorite map App.

And it's expensive to fix: Projects in the Nutmeg State carry a price tag of $2.5 billion, the highest per mile for all states along I-95, the Wall Street Journal said.

The Wall Street Journal also points out the particularly bumpy ride in New Jersey and the worst bottleneck, which is in Prince William County, Va., just south of D.C.

Click here for the story at the Wall Street Journal called "How America’s Most Important Highway Fails."

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