Have you ever been stuck in a traffic jam that feels like it’s never going to end? Certainly, all of us have. There are times when it feels like you’re stuck in an apocalyptic-type snarl and for hours at the same spot. We have compiled a list of 7 worst traffic jams of the world in 2022. Take a look.
1) 5-km long traffic jam on Gurugram-Delhi Expressway
In May 2022, traffic movement was disrupted and a nearly 5-km long jam was witnessed on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway after a truck overturned.
However, at around 11 am, the truck was removed from the expressway and traffic movement resumed but not before commuters got stuck on the highway for hours.
The inconvenience caused due to the traffic congestion irked the commuters, some of whom took to Twitter to share their experience.
Mumbai traffic is known to many, but even in Gurugram, the scene is no different on NH 8 towards Manesar!
Caught in a 6 km before Kherki Daula toll.
Why do we have toll within cities in Gurugram & Mumbai?#FuelWastage #TimeWastage pic.twitter.com/RXbw8JgFQ4
— SandeepVarma (@sandeepvarma15) May 12, 2022
2) ‘800 kms of traffic’ as Europeans wait for hours to board ferries to France
Waiting for hours in a traffic jam is not exactly the way we’d all like to start our holidays, but that’s exactly what many Brits trying to cross the channel faced in Dover in July.
Starting the weekend, there were huge queues in the southern English port as holidaymakers had to wait several hours to board ferries bound for France.
Although the backlog started to clear Sunday morning, the kilometres-long tailback created a spat between the UK and French governments with both sides blaming one another for the delays.
Authorities recorded a peak of 790 kilometers (490 miles) of congestion on the main roads used by holidaymakers.
That peak was lower than the 930 kilometers (577 miles) recorded in France a year ago.
All of this was avoidable. None of this was necessary. If you’re sitting in a miserable traffic jam today then don’t get angry with the Border Forces either here or in France.
Blame the idiots who sold you a pup. pic.twitter.com/E04XyO0aKH
— Otto English (@Otto_English) July 23, 2022
3) 3-km & hours long traffic jam at Mumbai-Pune Expressway
In view of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Run’ orgainsed in Mumbai on August 14, to celebrate the 75 years of Independence, the city police issued traffic advisory to ensure the efficient vehicular movement.
This came as the long weekend starting August 13 resulted in citizens travelling for quick getaways which led to a severe traffic snarls on the arterial Sion-Panvel highway and Mumbai-Pune expressway.
Toll collection at the Vashi toll plaza further slowed down the traffic movement, claimed motorists.
The serpentine traffic snarl extended for a distance of around three kms from Vashi toll plaza till Sanpada and also from Mankhurd to Vashi toll plaza.
4) Traffic on Marathahalli-Silk Board Road Brings City To Standstill
In September 2022, Bangaloreans, especially office-goers were stuck for hours owing to the massive traffic jam on the Marathahalli-Silk Board road —one of the major junctions connecting the Electronic City.
Hundreds of vehicle riders and drivers had a harrowing time reaching offices due to waterlogged roads at many areas in the IT city. Besides, the Richmond Road constructed under the Smart City Project is facing the problem of water logging and people are left fuming against authorities.
#WATCH | Karnataka: Massive traffic jam on Marathahalli-Silk Board junction road in Bengaluru amid severe waterlogging caused due to heavy rainfall pic.twitter.com/KUnF0cuPtR
— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2022
Traffic police have also advised people against leaving homes unless absolutely necessary.
5) Burning Man Festival In US Ends With Epic 8-Hour Traffic Jam
In September, the end of a nine-day music and culture festival in Nevada, in the United States, came to an end with an unprecedented situation.
Those leaving from the venue in the Black Rock desert found themselves stuck in an eight-hour-long traffic jam as thousands of vehicles lined up at the same time, a report in New York Post said. This was the first Burning Man festival after three years of COVID delays. Pictures showing the post-revelry congestion went viral online.
— Mini Archillect (@miniarchillect) November 18, 2022
The Burning Man’s official Twitter account also tweeted to say, “Exodus wait time is currently around eight hours. Consider delaying your departure until conditions improve.”
The photos were posted by these revellers and showed 15 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic for kilometers.
6) Massive traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram expressway ahead of Diwali
In October, a massive traffic jam was spotted on the Sarhaul border at Delhi-Gurugram expressway ahead of Diwali.
Traffic snarls were also witnessed in Noida near various exits at the Noida-Greater Expressway as people rush to markets ahead of the festival.
#WATCH | Massive traffic snarl on the Sarhaul border at Delhi-Gurugram expressway. pic.twitter.com/ULvrbxnCtB
— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2022
“Heavy traffic volume on the roads, due to the festive season and weekend the traffic movement is so slow on the roads but our cops are managing the traffic. At the Sirhaul border, Signature tower and some internal areas are much affected but we are managing the traffic,” Virender Singh Sangwan, DCP, traffic had said.
7) 4.5-km long traffic due to construction at Toronto’s Lake Shore
In November, drivers were caught for hours on a short stretch of Lake Shore between Yonge and Jarvis in Toronto. This came after the city approved so many construction projects at once.
The construction performed by Enbridge Gas was done to replace portions of a 4.5-kilometre gas pipeline along Lake Shore Boulevard between Cherry Street and just west of Yonge Street and bring Lake Shore down from four lanes to one.
When asked why the city didn’t bother closing the lanes altogether to avoid the congestion, in a statement to CityNews, a Traffic Management Services spokesperson said, “it’s a very critical corridor.”
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