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Cost of congestion? About a week's vacation for Louisville drivers, new data shows

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Congested roads in the Louisville area cost the typical driver more than 40 hours in delays each year and nearly $1,050 in lost time and burned fuel, new data show.

In all, the toll of driving on slow-moving highways and arterial streets resulted in 17.8 million gallons of increased fuel consumption in Louisville and Southern Indiana in 2014.

Those findings were released Wednesday as part of an annual traffic study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the INRIX analytics firm. The report, which analyzed 471 small, medium and large urban areas in the U.S., paints a mixed picture of gridlock in the 12-county Louisville metro area.

Among the local findings:

-Louisville fared slightly worse than the national average for delays per driver. Nationwide, drivers lost 42 hours last year.

-Local delays were better than they have been. Drivers lost 44 hours stuck in traffic from 2010 to 2012. The most time lost during a single year – 45 hours -- was in 2008.

-Daily freeway miles traveled climbed to slightly more than 12 million, up from 11.9 million in 2013. Still, those miles represent the second-lowest total since 2006.

The data also shows that Louisville is getting better when compared to other metro areas.

The 43 hours lost per year in congestion ranks the metro as the 35th-worst in the U.S., the best ranking since 2007 (36th-worst). By comparison, the area ranked 20th-worst in 1995.

Nationwide, Washington, D.C. had the most gridlock – 82 hours per driver, while those in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and San Jose, Calif., each lost at least 67 hours per year.

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