Tuesday, July 07, 2009

cleveland traffic

Now that I live in Seattle, Cleveland rush hour amuses me.  Some perspective – the SR520 bridge in Seattle gets 106,000 cars on it every weekday (and 87,000 on a weekend).  In Cleveland, you’d find similar traffic volumes on I-271 in Mayfield or on I-90 on the west side.  The SR520 bridge has two lanes, meaning 53,000 per lane during the week.  I-271 and I-90 both have 10 lanes, or 11,000 per lane during the week.  This morning I was guessing that typical weekend traffic in Seattle was 4x the rush hour traffic I saw this morning.  I guess I wasn’t too far off.

Summary:  10 lanes in Cleveland serve the same amount of traffic as 2 lanes in Seattle.

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