There are over 170,000 reasons why delay on Interstate 5 almost doubled in the past five years: about 170,000 new jobs, many located in the region’s aerospace and technology centers, were added to the daily commute.
Overall daily hours of delay (Monday-Friday) on the region’s major highways increased by over 10,000 hours to 32,700 hours from 2010 through 2014: A 52 percent jump.
People commuting on I-5 and I-405 experienced the biggest increases in delay.
Delay on I-5 was up 92 percent from Fife through Everett.
– Delay through Seattle was up 140 percent at 65th Street Northeast, 290 percent at 520, and 150 percent at Seneca Street)
– Delay spiked by 174 percent on I-5 at Southcenter Hill.
– Delay increased about 80 percent I-5 in Everett at Highway 2.
Delay on I-405 was up 94 percent.
– Through Kirkland delay was up by 237 percent. (Construction activity was a factor.)
– People on I-405 through Bellevue experienced jumps in delay of 73 to 87 percent.
– On I-405 through Renton, time people spent in delays increased by 128 percent.
Delay was up 100 percent on I-90 between Issaquah and Seattle on I-90.
Tolling produced a different result on State Route 520, where delay was down 68 percent.
Kitsap experienced few changes. There were modest increases in delay on I-5 at Joint Base Lewis McCord.
A lot of people say traffic has really gotten worse in the past year. Overall, there was a combined 25 percent increase in delay from 2013 to 2014 on the major highways measured by PSRC. View the presentation.