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The 12 Worst Bottlenecks on Los Angeles's Freeways

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Thanksgiving traffic is nearly upon us, but for those who drive year-round, the hellish crawl of holiday gridlock is not quite as soul-crushing as dealing with some of the worst congestion points in the nation as part of everyday life. A new study shows that the Los Angeles area "had far more bottlenecks than any other metropolitan area, claiming the second through seventh worst spots, as well as the 11th, 13th, 14th, 29th, 30th and 40th," says City News Service. The award for second most terrible bottleneck in the whole country, and the worst in the LA region, goes to (drumroll please): the 405 Freeway between the 605 Freeway and Route 22.

The study, titled "Unclogging America's Arteries 2015," was released by the American Highway Users Alliance. This study uses "the same data utilized by the Federal Highway Administration" and identifies the 50 worst bottlenecks in the country. Here's the full list, with the LA-area spots circled in red:

· Worst traffic in L.A. area: a certain stretch of the 405 near CSULB [CNS]
· Unclogging America's Arteries 2015 [Official site]