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Bay Bridge is eighth worst commute in nation, study finds

The Bay Bridge, which carries 280,000 passengers daily, is the eighth-most congested thoroughfare in the country, according to a new study.

Motorists on the span lost 600,000 hours per mile due to delays in 2010, according to the new report issued by the Texas Transportation Institute. Over 1 million gallons of fuel were wasted last year while Bay Bridge motorists were struck in traffic, and the delays cost an accumulated total of $43.7 million, according to the study.

Three different segments of Interstate-80 appeared on the institute’s list of 20-most congested roads. The section of I-80 between Cypress Street and University Avenue in Berkeley also made the top-20, as did a portion of the freeway near Cutting Boulevard in Richmond. All in all, the report paints a pretty gloomy picture for East Bay commuters.

Still, the Bay Area looks pretty good in comparison to other spots in the state. Six of the seven-most congested freeways were located in Los Angeles.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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