In spite of a lagging economy, the nation’s highways have seen little relief from congestion and overcrowding. Us old-timers who were on the road back in 1980 have lived to see traffic nearly double over the last three decades, according to recently released statistics from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Courtesy of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
During 2011, the most recent year of completed stats, motorists traveled just under 3 trillion miles on US roads. In California alone, nearly 85 billion miles were logged on the interstates. For those keeping track, that’s roughly 900 times the distance from Earth to the Sun.
Texas joined California at the top of the list with almost 56 billion miles of highway travel. Even more interesting was the fact that North Carolina and Michigan were among the “Top Ten” with just over and under 21 billion miles, respectively.