Sixteen thousand vehicles pass through the main streets in Reykjavík every weekday between 7 am and 9 am. It takes people who live in the suburb of Hafnarfjördur about one hour to get to work in the city center, which should take 15 minutes.
The situation is worst on Ártúnsbrekka, where over 7,000 cars passed through between 7 am and 9 am yesterday morning. The situation was similar on the northern end of Kringlumýrarbraut at the same time and about 2,000 cars drove along Saebraut, near Höfdi, Fréttabladid reports.
According to Ólafur Bjarnason, assistant department director of the Reykjavík City Executive Committee, 4,500 vehicles should be able to pass through Kringlumýrarbraut and Ártúnsbrekka without the creation of traffic jams, but traffic from side roads may be contributing to the situation, he said.
Interestingly, the traffic on Kringlumýrarbraut is not heavier than last year on June 12, but it moved faster then. The situation on Ártúnsbrekka is worse than in summer, though.
Bjarnason said he did not have an explanation for why the traffic on Kringlumýrarbraut is slower now than in summer, but said he would take another look at the numbers.