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Road report names area's 14 costliest commutes

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Driving on congested roads in south-central Pennsylvania costs commuters as much as $2,000 each year depending on the route they travel, according to a new report.

The report released Thursday by TRIP, a Washington-based national transportation organization, identifies the most expensive congested corridors in the area in terms of lost time and wasted fuel.

Topping the list is Rohrerstown Road from Wabank Road to State Street in Lancaster. According to the TRIP report, the average rush hour driver spends 108 hours, 46 additional gallons of gas, and $1,995 annually or $38 weekly.

Route 222 from the New Danville Pike to the Route 501/272 intersection in Lancaster came in second among most expensive corridors in the report, costing the average rush hour driver 75 hours, 32 additional gallons of gas, and $1,381 annually or $27 weekly.

Interstate 81 from Walnut Bottom Road south of Carlisle to the Dauphin-Lebanon county line in Harrisburg costs the average rush hour driver 67 hours, 29 additional gallons of gas, and $1,227 each year or $24 weekly, the report states.

Route 23, known locally as Marietta Pike, from Orange Street to Stony Battery Road in Lancaster County costs the average rush hour driver 50 hours, 21 additional gallons of gas, and $921 annually or $18 weekly, according to the report.

Two York County routes ranked fifth and sixth on the list. Country Club and Roathon Road from Kings Mill Road to Midland Avenue in York costs the average rush hour driver 50 hours, 21 additional gallons of gas, and $921 annually or $18 weekly, according to TRIP.

Loucks Road and Arsenal Road from the Route 74 entrance ramp to the North Hills Road in York costs the average rush hour driver 42 hours, 18 additional gallons of gas, and $767 annually or $15 weekly.

Route 283 from Interstate 76 to Interstate 83 in Harrisburg, according to the report, costs the average rush hour driver 25 hours, 11 additional gallons of gas, and $460 annually or nine dollars weekly.

Route 22 from Herr Street to Mountain Road in Harrisburg costs the average rush hour driver 25 hours, 11 additional gallons of gas, and $460 annually or nine dollars weekly.

Route 501, known locally as Lititz Pike, from Oregon Pike to Newport Road in Lancaster costs the average rush hour driver 25 hours, 11 additional gallons of gas, and $460 annually or nine dollars weekly, the report states.

Rounding out the top ten is Route 124, or Mt. Rose Avenue, from Wheatlyn Drive to Cape Horn Road in York. TRIP said the corridor costs the average rush hour driver 25 hours, 11 additional gallons of gas, and $460 annually or nine dollars weekly.

Cape Horn Road and Edgewood Road from Overview Drive to Ruppert Road in York, according to TRIP, costs the average rush hour driver 25 hours, 11 additional gallons of gas, and $460 annually or nine dollars weekly.

Interstate 83 from the Cumberland-York county line to Interstate 81 in Harrisburg costs the average rush hour driver 17 hours, 7 additional gallons of gas, and $307 annually or six dollars weekly, the report states.

King and Orange Streets from Broad Street to West End Avenue in Lancaster costs the average rush hour driver 17 hours, 7 additional gallons of gas, and $307 annually or six dollars weekly.

Church Road, George Street and Emig Road from Church Road to Busser Road in York, according to the report, costs the average rush hour driver 17 hours, 7 additional gallons of gas, and $307 annually or six dollars weekly.

The report found that in total, traffic congestion in the south-central Pennsylvania area results in the use of an additional 10 million gallons of fuel and the loss of 22 million hours annually.

TRIP said its researchers calculated each traffic congestion delay based on data provided by PennDOT on the average time it takes to travel each corridor during peak hours and during non-congested periods.

To estimate the amount of time and fuel lost each year, TRIP said it compared travel times during rush hour and non-congested periods.

On the Web: www.tripnet.org

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