Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY Published 2:47 p.m. ET March 13, 2020 | Updated 2:52 p.m. ET March 13, 2020CLOSE Places like the Colosseum in Rome, Grand Central Station in New York and St. Peters Square are now deserted in the wake of coronavirus. USA TODAYNoticing fewer people on the road? You’re not imagining things.The coronavirus pandemic is leading to reduced highway traffic on American roadways in certain major metropolitan areas as many people begin to telecommute and avoid social interaction.Congestion is easing in places like New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, according to traffic figures provided exclusively to USA TODAY by HERE Technologies, a location data and technology company with more than 9,000 employees.“COVID-19 is having a rolling impact on traffic congestion across the U.S., with significant reductions in traffic levels seen across West Coast cities, with East Coast cities starting to see tangible drops as well,” said Steve Harding, HERE’s director of traffic and connected services.The upshot is that driving from place to place could quickly become faster than ever.But that doesn’t mean you should be hitting the road since authorities are advising people to practice “social distancing” and avoid public gatherings wherever possible. Hundreds of thousands of lives may be


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