If you ever found yourself feeling like traveling to and fro in west El Paso this past year was mostly a case of life in the slow lane your suspicions have been confirmed.

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute just released its 2019 ranking of the 100 Most Congested Roadways in Texas, and west El Paso is home to two of them.

According to the study, I-10 westbound between SH 20 and US 54 from N. Mesa to Patriot Freeway, and the section of N. Mesa between Executive Center Boulevard and Texas Avenue were among the most delay-prone in the state, coming in at #86 and #92.

Lurking right below the top 100 at #102 is the portion of N. Mesa between I-10 and Executive Center, another west El Paso route.

The recently completed Go 10 project and the just-opened Border Highway West Loop 375 Toll Road should alleviate some of that bumper to bumper traffic on I-10 going forward, but the congestion on the segments of N. Mesa cited above will likely change little for the foreseeable future.

But while heavy traffic can be an inconvenience on a good day and a beat-down on a bad one, I'll take it any day compared to the congestion people face in the other major cities in Texas.

With only a handful of exceptions, the majority of the 100 most congested roads on the list are in the four largest metro areas of the state: Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

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