Mar 7, 2014 6:51 PM by Leah Kraus

New report says Colorado Springs has biggest traffic increase in nation

You may have noticed a spike in traffic in Colorado Springs.

The city now ranks highest in the nation for traffic increase in the past year according to a new study by Inrix, the world's largest traffic research firm. They say traffic is up 58% giving Colorado Springs the top spot in the nation.

News 5 caught up with residents to see if they agree.

"I don't deal with [traffic] a lot but I hear about a lot of accidents on I-25," says Justin Ambrozio.

"It doesn't look like its exploded 58%," says Dustin Walsh. "But if you hit I-25 or the main roads like Powers and Union and they get super cluttered I could see that."

Kathleen Krager, Traffic Engineering Manager with the city says the study is a misconception. She says the real reason for increased congestion is increased construction.

"For most of 2013, I-25 has been under construction and we have had a lot of delays there so it has caused an increase in congestion," she says.

News 5 reached out to Inrix, but they have not yet returned our call.

You can view the full report here.



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