Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
SD Traffic Congestion Down 46.9% Last Year, Second Biggest U.S. Drop
San Diego traffic congestion plunged 46.9 percent last year, according to Kirkland, Washington-based Inrix, which tracks congestion in metro areas. The county fell from 14th most congested metro area to 15th. However, this is a mixed blessing. San Diego was tied with extremely depressed Detroit for the second biggest drop in congestion. The largest decline was in Riverside, beset with extremely high home foreclosures. San Diego had very high gas prices most of last year, says Inrix, also noting that the economy was weak. The worst bottlenecks were 805 southbound at La Jolla Village Drive, Highway 78 eastbound at Twin Oaks Valley Road, and Escondido freeway 15 southbound at W. Valley Parkway. Nationally, congestion was down 30 percent last year. Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago were the three most congested areas, in that order.