That spot is the stretch of southbound Interstate 95 from the Fairfax County Parkway to Fredericksburg. The study published Wednesday by Seattle-based traffic data firm Inrix found the average traffic jam on that stretch lasted 33 minutes and covered six miles. Inrix counted 1,394 traffic jams there during the two-month period it conducted the study in March and April. While I-95 represented the single worst traffic spot, Inrix found that overall the D.C. area ranks third to New York and Los Angeles in terms of overall traffic congestion. The study analyzed more than 100,000 hotspots in 25 of the nation's most traffic-congested cities.
The proposal from the Brent Spence Strategic Corridor Study recommends using the Brent Spence Bridge to carry northbound Interstate 71 traffic and northbound local traffic and using a new double-deck six-lane bridge to carry northbound I-75 traffic as well as southbound I-71, I-75 and local traffic.
In 2016, the number of people who died in traffic accidents dropped by 213, or 5.2 percent, from a year earlier to 3,904. The figure was the third-lowest since 1948, the first year for which comparable data became available. It was last below 4,000 in 1949. The 2016 figure was less than a quarter of the record 16,765 logged in 1970, according to the agency. An agency official attributed the decline to traffic safety education; improved vehicle performance, like automatic brakes; and better road conditions, such as more intersections with clearer lines of sight and easier-to-see traffic lights.
Special note: Now that the expansion to the Panama Canal has been completed, some of the traffic that used the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will eventually go through the canal. This could impact TEUs on the West Coast in the future. Container traffic gives us an idea about the volume of goods being exported and imported – and usually some hints about the trade report since LA area ports handle about 40% of the nation's container port traffic. The following graphs are for inbound and outbound traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in TEUs (TEUs: 20-foot equivalent units or 20-foot-long cargo container). To remove the strong seasonal component for inbound traffic, the first graph shows the rolling 12 month average.
The koala is the animal world's gift that keeps on giving. When they're not communing with butterflies, they're rescuing joeys -- such is their benevolent and peaceful nature. And where there's a koala doing literally anything, there's a phone camera ready to document it. So when a handful of the adorable creatures fell into a momentary "dogpile" situation at Sydney's Wildlife Zoo, you can bet that zookeeper Jess Cook recorded it for your enjoyment, saying "With so many perches available, I don't know why they all choose the same one." It was perhaps more of a shoving contest that it was a cuddle puddle though, as one adult koala attempted to get past another adult carrying two joeys, one on her front and one on her back.