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I-5 is the nation’s busiest interstate

Posted: August 20, 2013 6:35 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2013 6:35 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Interstate 5 is officially the busiest interstate in the country, federal transportation officials announced this week, with 21.4 billion miles traveled on the Mexico-to-Washington thoroughfare during 2011,

I-10 and I-110 followed as the second and third busiest interstates, respectively, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

Californians drove more than 84.7 billion miles on state highways in 2011, the last year for which information is available, more than 900 times the distance from the Earth to the sun, making the state’s highways the nation’s busiest, the Transportation Department report said.

The 405 Freeway served an estimated 379,000 vehicles per day, making it the busiest interstate in any American city. Texas came in second with more than 55.7 billion miles driven on its interstates, and Florida ranked third at 34.7 billion miles.

“Data like these help us better understand the highway system and its needs,” Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said Monday.

“Analysis of the nation’s traffic patterns and areas of changing traffic volume will lead to safer, less congested roads and greater mobility for all Americans.”




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