Much like weather and air quality, transportation impacts virtually everyone. You don’t have to own a car to be frustrated by congestion or exhilarated by the beauty of a scenic trail. And in the Lehigh Valley, you can get your fill of both, whether it be on the 90,000 vehicle-per-day Route 22 or a D&L Trail that snakes through 21 municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Traffic congestion in the Lehigh Valley is defined as high-density traffic flow in which speed and freedom to maneuver are severely restricted, and comfort and convenience have declined, even though flow remains stable.
Frequent vehicle crashes are a contributing factor in creating traffic congestion. The Lehigh Valley in 2016 experienced 168 major injuries and 61 fatalities. Infrastructure improvements to mitigate high crash corridors, as well as continued driver, cyclist and pedestrian education to improve traveling behavior, remain a focus of regional transportation planning efforts.
More than 100,000 residents commute outside the Lehigh Valley for work each day, contributing to an average daily commute time of 26 minutes region-wide. Northampton County residents, on average, have a slightly longer commute time than their neighbors in Lehigh County, largely because a higher percentage of them are traveling eastward along high-volume roads, such as Route 22 and Interstate 78, to the more metropolitan areas of New Jersey and New York City.