Traffic congestion in Omaha got worse in 2013, but that isn’t entirely a bad thing.
A new report from traffic data firm Inrix suggests increased congestion is a byproduct of an improving economy. Nationally, congestion in the U.S. was up 6 percent from 2012.
“After a tumultuous economic year in 2012, the economy may be back on the mend and with that bringing increased traffic congestion,” the report stated.
According to Inrex, traffic congestion in Omaha increased by 16 percent in 2013 over 2012, placing it among the top 20 cities nationally with the largest year-over-year increases. The firm determines congestion by the average number of hours commuters spend in traffic through the year.
Of the top 100 cities in the U.S. measured by Inrex, Omaha ranked 94th, with drivers here spending an average of just 1.5 hours in gridlock last year.
In Los Angeles, the nation’s most congested city, drivers spent an average of 64.4 hours in gridlock in 2013.