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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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Ron Reiring // Wikicommons

#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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Ron Reiring // Wikicommons

#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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Tony Webster // Wikicommons

#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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