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Interstate 95 heading south through Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford has been ranked as the most congested traffic hotspot in the country, according to a report this week from analysis firm INRIX. The same stretch heading north also made the top 10.

INRIX looked at more than 100,000 hotspots in the 25 most congested metro areas and studied the duration, length and frequency of traffic jams.

They found the portion of I-95 from the Fairfax County Parkway to Fredericksburg led the nation, with nearly 1,400 traffic jams that stretched 6.47 miles and lasted 33 minutes on average.

The economic cost to drivers due to wasted time, fuel and emissions will amount to $2.3 billion by 2026, according to the study.

The stretch of Interstate 95 heading north from Garrisonville Road in Stafford to the Fairfax County Parkway was ranked seventh among the worst traffic jams, with motorists waiting 33 minutes in traffic stretching 4.51 miles on average. That will likely cost them a total of $1.1 billion by 2026.

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