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    Most trafficked roads in every state

    When you’ve been sitting in your car for an hour and you’ve only moved five miles forward, it feels like the traffic you’re in is the worst in the world. Or, at least, the country. Commercial trucking, ridiculous rush hours, and precarious urban planning are just some of the factors that can create infamous routes within a state. And while locals may have a feeling for when to hit the road and when to wait it out, sometimes you just can’t avoid the spots that have it the worst.

    While we can’t help you completely get rid of your morning commute, we can help you confirm if the worst road in your city is actually the worst in the state. At Stacker, we decided to look into the most traffic-heavy parts of every state to discover which intersections and roads need to be avoided during that Friday morning rush hour. Using data from geographic data and analytics company Esri, we mapped the routes that see the highest average daily traffic, providing the specific cross street where traffic is worst as well as the closest major city.

    Our list is dotted with major metros infamous for their congestion—like Atlanta, Seattle, and Houston—but also features a few surprisingly small places that stand out for their super busy roads. It may feel like the most congested road in Los Angeles is a moot point, but the data assures us there is, in fact, a highway in California you should probably never set wheels on.

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    #51. Wyoming: Highway 789

    Most trafficked road: Highway 789 at Rendezvous Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 29,500 cars

    Nearest place: Hudson

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    #50. South Dakota: W 57th Street

    Most trafficked road: W 57th Street at 471st Avenue

    Average annual daily traffic: 33,400 cars

    Nearest place: Sioux Falls

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    #49. Montana: Highway 10 W

    Most trafficked road: Highway 10 W at Hilltop Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 36,398 cars

    Nearest place: Billings

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    #48. Vermont: I-89

    Most trafficked road: I-89 at Patchen Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 52,500 cars

    Nearest place: South Burlington

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    #47. North Dakota: I-94

    Most trafficked road: I-94 at 5th Street S

    Average annual daily traffic: 72,120 cars

    Nearest place: Fargo

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    #46. Maine: I-295

    Most trafficked road: I-295 at Westbrook Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 75,700 cars

    Nearest place: South Portland

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    #45. Idaho: I-84

    Most trafficked road: I-84 at S Linder Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 93,000 cars

    Nearest place: Meridian (west of Boise)

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    #44. West Virginia: I-64

    Most trafficked road: I-64 at Christopher Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 98,832 cars

    Nearest place: Charleston

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    #43. Connecticut: Wilbur Cross Highway

    Most trafficked road: Wilbur Cross Highway at Hartford Turnpike

    Average annual daily traffic: 108,000 cars

    Nearest place: East Hartford

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    #42. New Hampshire: I-93

    Most trafficked road: I-93 at Cross Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 112,479 cars

    Nearest place: Salem (NH/MA border)

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    #41. Alaska: W Marydale Drive

    Most trafficked road: W Marydale Drive at Ridgewood Ct

    Average annual daily traffic: 116,900 cars

    Nearest place: Soldotna

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    #40. Arkansas: I-40

    Most trafficked road: I-40 at I-30

    Average annual daily traffic: 121,000 cars

    Nearest place: North Little Rock

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    #39. Iowa: I-235

    Most trafficked road: I-235 at Polk Boulevard

    Average annual daily traffic: 123,300 cars

    Nearest place: Des Moines

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    #38. Alabama: I-20

    Most trafficked road: I-20 at 17th Street N

    Average annual daily traffic: 162,360 cars

    Nearest place: Birmingham

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    #37. Oklahoma: I-44

    Most trafficked road: I-44 at NW 32nd Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 163,400 cars

    Nearest place: Oklahoma City

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    #36. South Carolina: I-26

    Most trafficked road: I-26 at Ashley Phosphate Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 165,900 cars

    Nearest place: North Charleston

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    #35. Louisiana: I-10

    Most trafficked road: I-10 at Bellaire Drive

    Average annual daily traffic: 166,170 cars

    Nearest place: New Orleans

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    #34. Kansas: US Highway 36

    Most trafficked road: US Highway 36 at Roseport Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 168,000 cars

    Nearest place: Elwood (west of St. Joseph, Missouri)

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    #33. Wisconsin: I-894

    Most trafficked road: I-894 at W Schlinger Avenue

    Average annual daily traffic: 170,000 cars

    Nearest place: West Allis (west of Milwaukee)

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    #32. Nebraska: I-80

    Most trafficked road: I-80 at S 50th Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 172,000 cars

    Nearest place: Omaha

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    #31. District of Columbia: I-395

    Most trafficked road: I-395 at US Highway 1

    Average annual daily traffic: 177,134 cars

    Nearest place: Washington

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    #30. Oregon: I-84

    Most trafficked road: I-84 at NE 28th Avenue

    Average annual daily traffic: 177,400 cars

    Nearest place: Portland

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    #29. New Mexico: I-25

    Most trafficked road: I-25 at Menaul Boulevard NE

    Average annual daily traffic: 177,496 cars

    Nearest place: Albuquerque

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    #28. Delaware: I-95

    Most trafficked road: I-95 at Radisson Hotel

    Average annual daily traffic: 179,689 cars

    Nearest place: Newport (west of Wilmington)

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    #27. Hawaii: Halona Street

    Most trafficked road: Halona Street at Iao Lane

    Average annual daily traffic: 188,040 cars

    Nearest place: Urban Honolulu

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    #26. Tennessee: I-65

    Most trafficked road: I-65 at Thompson Lane

    Average annual daily traffic: 191,122 cars

    Nearest place: Nashville

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    #25. Kentucky: I-71

    Most trafficked road: I-71 at Donaldson Highway

    Average annual daily traffic: 197,407 cars

    Nearest place: Erlanger (southwest of Cincinnati)

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    #24. North Carolina: S Cannon Boulevard

    Most trafficked road: S Cannon Boulevard at Centergrove Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 200,000 cars

    Nearest place: Kannapolis (northeast of Charlotte)

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    #23. Indiana: Main Street

    Most trafficked road: Main Street at W Locust Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 200,054 cars

    Nearest place: Boonville (east of Evansville)

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    #22. Michigan: I-75

    Most trafficked road: I-75 at John R Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 213,000 cars

    Nearest place: Hazel Park (north of Detroit)

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    #21. Minnesota: I-35

    Most trafficked road: I-35 at E 35th Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 225,000 cars

    Nearest place: Minneapolis

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    #20. Massachusetts: I-93

    Most trafficked road: I-93 at Granite Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 236,921 cars

    Nearest place: Braintree (south of Boston)

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    #19. Ohio: N High Street

    Most trafficked road: N High Street at Wilson Drive

    Average annual daily traffic: 237,496 cars

    Nearest place: Columbus

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    #18. New Jersey: I-95

    Most trafficked road: I-95 at Franklin Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 239,424 cars

    Nearest place: Elizabeth

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    #17. Washington: I-5

    Most trafficked road: I-5 at Beacon Avenue Bridge S

    Average annual daily traffic: 242,000 cars

    Nearest place: Seattle

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    #16. Maryland: I-270

    Most trafficked road: I-270 at Wootton Parkway

    Average annual daily traffic: 249,910 cars

    Nearest place: Rockville

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    #15. Virginia: I-95

    Most trafficked road: I-95 at Franconia Springfield Parkway

    Average annual daily traffic: 256,000 cars

    Nearest place: Springfield

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    #14. Pennsylvania: Baltimore Pike

    Most trafficked road: Baltimore Pike at Driveway

    Average annual daily traffic: 257,472 cars

    Nearest place: Chester Heights (west of Philadelphia)

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    #13. Colorado: I-25

    Most trafficked road: I-25 at W 44th Avenue

    Average annual daily traffic: 261,000 cars

    Nearest place: Denver

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    #12. Rhode Island: I-95

    Most trafficked road: I-95 at Promenade Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 263,500 cars

    Nearest place: Providence

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    #11. Nevada: I-15

    Most trafficked road: I-15 at Wilbur Clark D.I. West Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 264,000 cars

    Nearest place: Las Vegas

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    #10. Utah: I-15

    Most trafficked road: I-15 at W Andy Avenue

    Average annual daily traffic: 268,370 cars

    Nearest place: South Salt Lake

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    #9. Mississippi: Highway 145 N

    Most trafficked road: Highway 145 N at Highway 178 W

    Average annual daily traffic: 280,003 cars

    Nearest place: Tupelo

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    #8. New York: I-95

    Most trafficked road: I-95 at Broadway

    Average annual daily traffic: 289,330 cars

    Nearest place: New York

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    #7. Florida: I-95

    Most trafficked road: I-95 at NW 6th Street

    Average annual daily traffic: 306,000 cars

    Nearest place: Fort Lauderdale

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    #6. Arizona: Loop 202

    Most trafficked road: Loop 202 at N Alma School Road

    Average annual daily traffic: 339,991 cars

    Nearest place: Mesa

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    #5. Missouri: Page Avenue

    Most trafficked road: Page Avenue at Bach Boulevard

    Average annual daily traffic: 342,343 cars

    Nearest place: Overland (northwest of St. Louis)

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    #4. Illinois: I-90

    Most trafficked road: I-90 at W Chicago Avenue

    Average annual daily traffic: 353,400 cars

    Nearest place: Chicago

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    #3. California: Pomona Freeway

    Most trafficked road: Pomona Freeway at Back Lot Lane

    Average annual daily traffic: 354,000 cars

    Nearest place: Diamond Bar

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    #2. Georgia: I-75

    Most trafficked road: I-75 at North Avenue

    Average annual daily traffic: 379,000 cars

    Nearest place: Atlanta

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    #1. Texas: I-10

    Most trafficked road: I-10 at Gessner Drive

    Average annual daily traffic: 383,229 cars

    Nearest place: Houston

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