California highways are the busiest in the country, as people drove more than 84.7 billion miles on the roads in 2011, according to a recently released survey by the Federal Highway Administration.
The 21.4 billion miles traveled on California’s Interstate 5 during 2011 (the most recent year available) puts the road in the top spot as the nation’s busiest interstate. Los Angeles can lay claim to the busiest interstate in a U.S. city; 379,000 cars travel the Los Angeles section of I-405 each day. Interstates 10 and 110 in California are the second and third busiest, respectively, in the country.
Texas, Florida, Ohio and Illinois rounded out the top five states with the busiest highways.
“Data like these help us better understand the highway system and its needs,” the FHA’s Victor Mendez said in a statement. “Analysis of the nation’s traffic patterns and areas of changing traffic volume will lead to safer, less congested roads and greater mobility for all Americans.” - Jon Ross