Mar 7, 2014 6:51 PM by Leah Kraus
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.