Also, she said, “we were surprised some areas will see less congestion this weekend.”
Shoppers at the giant Mall of America outside Minneapolis-St. Paul, for example, are expected to enjoy less traffic this weekend than in December, based on 2010 data.
Of course, it’s no surprise that anything in the metro Atlanta would rank among the most trafficked.
Earlier this autumn, for example, the Urban Mobility study by the Texas Transportation Institute reported the average metro Atlanta driver wasted 43 hours in congestion last year, at a cost to the region of $2.5 billion. Though that’s an hour better than 2009, it was worse than the national average of 34 hours.
Metro Atlanta ranked 13 worst for traffic in the nation, down from fifth worse for 2005, when the average driver wasted 58 hours in traffic. A weakened economy was cited for the improvement.
Washington, D.C., was the nation’s worst area for congestion in 2010; its drivers spent an average of 74 hours per year stuck in traffic.
Here’s the TomTom Black Friday list of 10 most congested malls:
1 -- Southpark Mall – Charlotte
2 -- Franklin Mills Mall – Philadelphia
3 -- Freehold Raceway Mall – Trenton, N.J.
4 -- Holyoke Mall at Ingleside – Springfield, Mass.
5 -- Palisades Center – Palisades/Paterson, N.J. (New York)
6 -- Lenox Square – Atlanta
7 -- Woodfield Mall – Schaumburg, Ill. (Chicago)
8 -- Gurnee Mills – Gurnee, Ill. (Chicago)
9 -- Oakbrook Center – Oak Brook, Ill. (Chicago)
10 -- Mall of Georgia – Buford