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ATRI releases list of top truck bottleneck areas in U.S.

New Jersey intersection ranks No. 1; Atlanta places three in top 10

Posted February 13, 2019

An interstate intersection in New Jersey ranks as the top spot for truck bottlenecks in the country, according to an American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) study.

The 2019 Top Truck Bottleneck List studies truck-oriented congestion at 300 locations along the national highway system. ATRI analyzed truck GPS data from nearly 1 million heavy duty trucks. The study used customized software applications and analysis methods, along with data from trucking operations to produce congestion impact rankings.

ATRI’s truck GPS data supports the U.S. Department of Transportation’s freight mobility initiatives.

The analysis found that year-over-year truck speeds across the top 10 locations dropped by an average of nearly 9 percent as congestion worsened.

Three areas in Atlanta, Georgia, ranked among the top 10 spots on the 2019 list. This year’s top 10 list includes:

  1. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 and State Route 4
  2. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  3. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North)
  4. Los Angeles, California: State Route 60 at State Route 57
  5. Houston, Texas: I-45 at I-69/U.S. 59
  6. Cincinnati, Ohio: I-71 at I-75
  7. Chicago, Illinois: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  8. Nashville, Tennessee: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
  9. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  10. Los Angeles: I-710 at I-105

A complete list of the top 100 can be found on ATRI’s website.

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