CHICAGO
11/16/2011 05:03 pm ET

Chicago Expressways Ranked Among Nation's Worst For Commuter Congestion, New Study Shows

A newly-released report by the Texas Transportation Institute ranks two Chicago expressways among the worst commuting routes in the country.

The northbound lanes of I-55 between IL-53 and IL-83 were ranked among the top 20 congested commutes, and the northbound section of I-55 between Harlem and County Line Rd. was named one of the country's most "reliably unreliable" stretches, as was the eastbound section of the Eisenhower between Higgins and Austin, according to the report.

Traffic on the Stevenson stretch generated an average of 888,000 gallons of wasted fuel during the 3 to 7 p.m. peak congestion in 2010, the Institute reports.

But report author Bill Eisele told the Chicago Sun-Times that Chicagoans should be grateful for the reliably bad traffic, citing the suburban sections of the Stevenson, where congestion is maddeningly unpredictable.

Chicago drivers can also be grateful they aren't commuting in New York, Houston, Pittsburgh or Atlanta, where traffic extends travel by three-and-a-half times, according to the report.

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