2019 Top 10 Truck Bottleneck List Unveiled

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) on Tuesday released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

The 2019 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system.  The analysis, based on truck GPS data from nearly 1 million heavy duty trucks, uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.

ATRI’s truck GPS data is used to support the USDOT’s freight mobility initiatives. The locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations.

 

For the first time since 2014, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, is back on top as the Number One freight bottleneck in the country.

The rest of the Top 10 includes:

  1. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  2. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North)
  3. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  4. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  5. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  6. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  7. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
  8. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  9. Los Angeles: I-710 at I-105

ATRI’s analysis found that year-over-year truck speeds across the top 10 locations dropped by an average of nearly 9 percent as congestion worsened along the nation’s busiest freight roadways.

In October ’18 ATRI released the findings of its annual infrastructure study, Cost of Congestion To The Trucking Industry. It reported that congestion cost the trucking industry a total of $74.5 billion and 1.2 billion hours of productivity in 2017.

The study put this in perspective by pointing out this is equivalent to 425,533 trucks sitting idle for an entire year and cost each truck on the highway an average of $6,478 throughout the year.

You can view the complete and detailed 2019 Top Truck Bottleneck List here.

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