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There’s bad news for the area’s commuters. A new study shows that traffic congestion has gotten worse.

The study, by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s, shows that congestion increased between 2008 and 2011. The group conducts a study every three years.

“Congestion is worsening because the economy has improved since the last survey. Depending on which part you focus on, there’s good news and there’s bad news,” said Ron Kirby, Director of Transportation Planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Click here for the study results.

The study says the worst areas are:

1. Northbound I-395 (from VA 27/Washington Boulevard to VA 110/Jefferson Davis Highway) From 8:30 to 9:30 am, average speed is 5 miles per hour
2. (tie) Inner Loop I-495 (from VA 193/Georgetown Pike to George Washington Memorial Parkway) From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, average speed is 5-10 miles per hour
2. (tie) Southbound I-395/Southwest Freeway (from 4th Street to 12th Street) From 6:00 to 7:00 pm, average speed is 5-10 miles per hour
4. Eastbound I-66 (from VA 7/Leesburg Pike to Dulles Access Road) From 6:00 to 7:00 pm, average speed is 7-10 miles per hour)
5. (tie) Inner Loop I-495 (from MD 355/I-270 to MD 185/Connecticut Avenue) From 4:30 to 5:30 pm, average speed is 10-15 miles per hour
5. (tie) Outer Loop I-495 (from VA 267/Dulles Toll Road to VA 123/Chain Bridge Road) From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, average speed is 10-15 miles per hour)

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