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Top 5 worst commutes in Western Washington

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Drivers across Puget Sound spend an average of 90 hours every year sitting in traffic, according to GPS company TomTom.

Q13 News traffic anchor Adam Gehrke compiled this list of the five worst commutes impacting drivers here in Western Washington.

  • Out of the south end, the first we usually see is northbound on SR 167 from Puyallup to Auburn.
  • Around the same time, backups are happening on northbound I-5 near SR 16 to the Tacoma Dome. These are the first backups to clear usually around 6 a.m.
  • Moving further north, we see the biggest slowdowns on northbound I-405 from Southcenter up to Coal Creek Parkway on really nasty days.
  • There is also consistent trouble northbound I-5 from mid Boeing Field to I-90. Those backups usually start around 6 a.m. and don't let up -- sometimes until 10 a.m.
  • Southbound I-5 also gets lousy from about 196th to the Ship Canal Bridge.

What you're seeing here is that traffic kind of moves in waves with backups starting in the south and moving up north as we get later in the morning.

For the next week, we're taking an in-depth look at the transportation issues impacting everyone in our community. Watch Q13 News each morning 4:30-10.

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