Interstate 5 Southbound between WA-523 at 145th Street (Exit 175) and Union Street (Exit 165) is one of Seattle Metro Area’s Congested & Collision Prone Roadways
A recent study found that Interstate 5 southbound between WA-523 at 145th Street (Exit 175) and Union Street (exit 165) was one of the most congested roadways in the metro Seattle area in 2010. The corridor ranks #2 locally and #89 nationally. During uncongested times it takes as little as 9 minutes to travel this 9 mile stretch of roadway. But during peak commute hours it can take as much as 19 minutes. And between 4pm and 5pm on Fridays, this roadway’s worst hour, it can take up to 27 minutes to travel this short distance.
Where there is smoke there is fire. And where there is roadway congestion there are motor vehicle accidents. Stop-and-go traffic and frustrated commuters don’t mix well with cell phones, computers, and texting while driving. It is no coincidence that this area is the site of numerous collisions each year.
Source: Intrix National Traffic Scorecard, 2010 Annual Report.