If you have to drive San Diego's freeways on your daily commute, you obviously know traffic can be a headache. And depending where you're coming from or going to, you experience firsthand the pain points during your drive. And those pain points and bottlenecks add hours wasted in traffic.
Recently, the Union-Tribune ran an article pointing out the worst rush-hour spots in San Diego County. And if you drive on these particular freeways, you can probably agree with the results. Eastbound state Route 78 at Barham Drive in San Marcos was the most congested rush-hour spot in San Diego County in 2009, bypassing notorious choke points such as northbound Interstate 5 through Del Mar and Solana Beach which surprisingly came in at number 7.
The highway at Barham Drive was backed up during rush hour 243 days last year, or just about every workday. The length of each slowdown averaged more than four miles, according to an analysis of state traffic data by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The top - or worst - choke points in San Diego County are:
- State Route 78 at Barham Drive in San Marcos - eastbound afternoon
- Interstate 15 at Citracado Parkway - northbound afternoon
- I-805 at Nobel Drive - southbound afternoon
- I-805 at Clairemont Mesa Blvd - northbound morning
- SR-52 at Mast Blvd. in Santee - eastbound afternoon
- I-805 at Sorrento Valley Road - southbound aftrernoon
- I-5 at Via de la Valle - northbound afternoon
- i-15 at Miramar Way - northbound afternoon
- I-5 at Lomas Santa Fe Drive - northbound afternoon
- SR-78 at Broadway/Lincoln Parkway - westbound morning