San Diego County Traffic Worsens After Economic Recovery

Monday, November 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Photo by Associated Press
Above: Traffic on a San Diego freeway is shown in this file photo, Nov. 22, 2011.

If you think that freeway traffic is getting worse in San Diego County you are right.

A new study by the San Diego Association of Governments found that traffic congestion has been growing right along with the economy as the region recovers from the Great Recession. More people going back to work and relatively low gas prices pushed the average commute time in San Diego County to 26 minutes, according to SANDAG.

Now regional planners are warning that the region's traffic problems will not get better anytime soon.

Joshua Emerson Smith, an environment reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote an article about it and the top 10 worse bottlenecks in the county. He discusses Monday on Midday Edition some of the roadblocks to relieving traffic congestion on local roadways.