D.C. has worst-rated roads for Thanksgiving traffic

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Local,Transportation,Liz Farmer
A new report has found that two of the nation's most congested roads during Thanksgiving are in the Washington area -- a revelation that likely came as no surprise to the region's frazzled drivers.

Claiming the top spot as the worst road during the holiday is the Interstate 95 corridor between Washington and New York City, according to information compiled by the Weather Channel.

Bad weather on this stretch of road often tangles up drivers during Thanksgiving week, the report noted. In 2006, a strong Nor'easter moved through the Southeast and mid-Atlantic two days before Thanksgiving, bringing damaging winds and coastal flooding and snarling holiday travel from the Carolinas to southern New England.

Meanwhile, the segment of the Capital Beltway between Merrifield, Va., and Landover, Md., is rated the seventh worst stretch of road in the country during Thanksgiving. Sunday's Redskins game unleashed Landover tailgaters during the peak of the holiday rush hour, exacerbating the area's traffic problems this year.

"The joke in Washington, D.C., is that the Beltway's rush hour is actually 24 hours a day. As you can imagine, it's worse at Thanksgiving," the report said.

Also making the list were the westbound Massachusetts Turnpike from Boston to Sturbridge, Interstate 84 and Interstate 94 Borman Expressway in Chicago, Throgs Neck Bridge and Whitestone Bridge in New York City, and eastbound Interstate 80 from San Francisco to Tahoe, Calif.

lfarmer@washingtonexaminer.com

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