Little Rock residents spent 39 hours in rush hour traffic in 2021, ranking 229th among the most congested cities in America.
How bad is Little Rock traffic?
In total, you could expect to spend 39 hours each year in Little Rock’s traffic across 2021. Compare that to a historic low of 33 hours in 2020 or pre-COVID’s 55 hours in 2019.
Why is Little Rock traffic so mild?
Traffic congestion is the product of an equation that includes a city’s population, density, and infrastructure, as well as the driving habits of its residents. Here are a few reasons why Little Rock should count itself lucky when it comes to traffic.
While Little Rock doesn’t see many bumper-to-bumper slowdowns, you could still be late for an appointment or miss your flight if you’re not careful. Similar to most cities, several major roads are known to fill up during rush hour, like West Capitol Avenue, South Ringo Street, and Main.
However, the bridge on Interstate 30 takes the cake when it comes to congestion. With few other ways to cross the river and drivers dropping their speeds out of caution on the big bridge, traffic usually comes to a halt around 5:00 PM.
Little Rock isn’t counted among the mighty metropolises of the United States, and when it comes to traffic, that’s a good thing. The population has grown by only 7% or so since 2000, meaning urban sprawl is at a minimum and it's still fairly easy to get from one side of the city to the other.
How to navigate Little Rock traffic like a pro
At its worst, rush hour can cost you quite a bit, both in terms of soaring blood pressure and car insurance premiums. When speed is of the essence, keep these tips in mind:
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