Study: Denver area in top 25 for worst traffic in U.S.

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DENVER –- Traffic is bad in Denver, and a new study confirms it, with the average delay for a 30-minute commute during peak driving times being 18 minutes.

GPS maker TomTom Navigation looked at morning and evening commutes in 200 cities around the world, and Denver came in at No. 22 in the U.S.

The study shows Denver-area drivers with a 30-minute commute average an extra 70 hours per year stuck in traffic.

For those looking for a silver lining, that increase in traffic means more people are working.

“You can see the cities in the U.S. where the economy is going really well, you can see that in the congestion levels, for better or for worse, of course,” said Nick Cohn with TomTom.

The best weekly commute during peak times in Denver is Friday morning and Monday evening. The worst are Wednesday morning and Thursday evening.

Suggestions to help deal with the traffic include trying different route, use real-time apps and use public transportation.

The top five cities for traffic congestion in the U.S. are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, New York and Seattle.

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