Another negative listing to ponder while you’re seething behind the wheel in another nasty bumper-to-bumper traffic jam: Las Vegas, which according to the U.S. Census is the 30th biggest city in the country, has the 14th most congested traffic (92nd in the world), according to TomTom.com. Those with 30-minute commutes in “free-flow” conditions endure about 57 hours of delays per year on our streets and freeways. Motorists in Los Angeles (which ranks first in the nation and 10th in the world) are delayed 95 hours.
TomTom reported that September 8 was our most congested day in 2014. Did a presidential motorcade play additional havoc with our orange-cone-festooned, always-under-modifcation roads that day? Nope. That was a Monday when an early-afternoon thunderstorm dumped more than a quarter-inch of rain in just a half-hour at the Valley’s official measuring site, and parts of Interstate 15 were washed away. No word on whether TomTom measured Moapa’s traffic that day.