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Report: Tampa has some of the worst traffic in the nation

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A recent study shows the Tampa Bay area ranks in the top 25 of the most congested cities in North America.

INRIX, a company that tracks traffic patterns in the northern hemisphere and Europe, determined Tampa ranks 24th as of December 2013.

The most congested corridor does not come as a shock: I-275 between I-4 and Dale Mabry.

What should be a four-minute trip along the 4.4 mile stretch of I-275 usually takes 11 minutes on average.

The company calculated commuters through that area waste 21.5 hours a year sitting in traffic.

According to INRIX, congestion in the Tampa Bay area has gotten better.

In 2012, Tampa ranked 22nd, in 2013 it ranked 23rd and now 24th.

FDOT continues to monitor and rebuild congested section like I-275 and agreed it will always be a work in progress.

"We've got a ways to go," said John McShaffrey, a spokesperson for FDOT. "We had an interstate study done back in the 80s. We're building it piece by piece to improve the interstate system in particular in the area."

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