Congestion on Virginia's Urban Highways

Report No: 88-R24

Published in 1988

About the report:

Congestion on our nation's highways, most commonly found in urban areas, is a serious problem that is growing steadily worse. While Virginia is predominantly rural, there are few Virginians who have not experienced congestion at some time in their travels throughout the state. The magnitude of this congestion is not known. Accordingly, statewide congestion statistics are needed in order to define and evaluate, the problem and to establish the level of effort needed to solve it. Based on a procedure developed by the Federal Highway Administration using High-Performance Monitoring System data, this report documents statewide recurring congestion on Virginia's interstate roadways. Estimates of nonrecurring congestion, congestion in the year 2000, and congestion on other urban roadways are also provided.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • E. D. Arnold

Last updated: December 29, 2023

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