Report: San Diego ranked 15th worst traffic city in United States

3 stretches of road make national 'congested' list

SAN DIEGO - The amount of time drivers are stuck behind the wheel on local roads is climbing. According to the traffic research group Inrix, San Diego now ranks as the 15th worst traffic city in the United States.

After several years of fewer delays, San Diegans now spend about 22 hours a year stuck in traffic, which is an increase of about an hour from the year before. The study looked at the first three months of 2013 compared to the same time period from the year before.

One factor is the rebounding economy.

"When you have more people going to work, there are more people shopping and overall more people on the road," said Lani Lutar, the executive director of the Equinox Center.

So when are all those people on local roads? To no one's surprise, the report deems the worst evening rush hour to be Friday at 5 p.m. The worst morning commute is Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The report also ranked the most congested corridors in the country.

The San Diego roads were also ranked. Ranked No. 52 is the eastbound state Route 78 from Rancho Santa Fe to Mission Road. It is a 4-mile stretch that will cost you 13 minutes.

Checking in at No. 91 is southbound Interstate 805 from Interstate 5 to La Jolla. It is a 3-mile stretch that will take you an average of 10 minutes.

Another busy road ranking at No. 148 is northbound Interstate 5 from Interstate 805 to Manchester Avenue, a 7.5-mile stretch clocking in at 13 minutes.

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