Birmingham traffic worst on Wednesday morning, Friday afternoon

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It's rush hour and folks want to get home. What is the traffic like in Birmingham?

According to the Inrix National Traffic Scorecard, Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon are the busiest times of the week to travel in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area.  The study says Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the most congested hour of the week, and 30 minute commutes average 22 hours of delays.

None of the findings surprise Brian Davis of the Alabama Department of Transportion. He says the numbers match those at ALDOT.

Our traffic rate is higher Friday afternoon than Tuesday," Davis says. "Wednesday morning is higher than Thursday."

People who travel the congested highways in Birmingham say they need help.

"We are going to have to have a lot more roads," says Jacqueline Oglesby. "A lot more lanes. There are not enough lanes. It's difficult for people who don't know how to get around."

Davis says that is in the works. He says ALDOT is working to add lanes on Interstate 65.

"You will see a higher volume but you will have those higher volumes in a congestive state or non-congestive state," Davis says.

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