Traffic Congestion

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Traffic congestion in Colorado Springs is the worst in the country -- when it comes to ``small'' U.S. cities.

A study by the Texas Transportation Institute found Colorado Springs motorists spend an average of 23 hours every year stuck in

Charleston, South Carolina was second at 22 hours, and Pensacola, Florida was third with 19 hours. Boulder (Colorado) tied with three other cities for the sixth-worst congestion.

The report is based on 2002 research conducted on cities with fewer than 500-thousand people.

Among urban areas with one- to three-(m)-million people, Denver ranked seventh -- with drivers waiting an average of 45 hours every year.

The nation's worst overall congestion was in Los Angeles, with an average of 93 hours per person wasted in traffic.