'Most Loathed Highways' List Includes 3 MD Freeways


Interstates 695, 495 and 270 all made the list of "America's Most Loathed Highways” from Gunther Volvo Cars Daytona Beach. I-695, also known as the Baltimore Beltway, is pictured above in Parkville on Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Patch manager Deb Belt originally posted this story.

MARYLAND — It's no surprise that three of Maryland's busiest, most congested freeways made the list of "America's Most Loathed Highways." The state has lengthy commutes, and road congestion mixed with impatient drivers regularly leads to serious accidents.

The top three worst roads in the U.S. are all in California: U.S. Highway 101, particularly in the Los Angeles and San Francisco regions; Interstate 5, which runs from the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego to the California-Oregon border, including a nightmare stretch through downtown Los Angeles; and Interstate 405, known as the San Diego Freeway, which in the Los Angeles area is "infamous for its gridlock."

Compiled by Gunther Volvo Cars Daytona Beach, the list ranks the top 100 most loathed roads to drive on across the country, based on a survey of 3,000 drivers.

Here are the Maryland freeways that made the list, and what the writers said about them:

No. 40, I-695 (Baltimore Beltway): Particularly around Baltimore, this loop can see significant congestion.

No. 70, I-495 (Capital Beltway): Encircling Washington, D.C., the Maryland portion of this interstate is well-known for its heavy traffic, especially during rush hours.

No. 77, I-270: Connecting D.C. to Frederick, this highway is frequently congested, particularly during commuting hours.

The top 5 worst freeway stretches in the United States are:

  • US-101 highway in California
  • California, I-5
  • California, I-405 (San Diego Freeway)
  • Pennsylvania, I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike)
  • Colorado, I-70

See the full list here.

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