ATRI releases annual top truck congestion locations

‘Spaghetti Junction’ in Atlanta ranked number one

Posted November 20, 2015

On November 18, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its annual listing of the country’s worst truck bottlenecks. The number one spot on the ATRI list this year is the Tom Moreland Interchange in Atlanta, Georgia, a five-level stack interchange at the intersection of I-285 and I-85. Known by local commuters as “Spaghetti Junction,” it is not only the confluence of two highly traveled interstates, but also provides ramps to four secondary roadways.

Also notable in the latest report is that four of the top 10 truck chokepoints are located in Houston, Texas. The top 10 sites are as follows:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia: I-285 AT I-85 (NORTH)
  2. Chicago, Illinois: I-290 AT I-90/I-94
  3. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 AT SR 4
  4. Louisville, Kentucky: I-65 AT I-64/I-71
  5. Houston, Texas: I-610 AT US 290
  6. Houston, Texas: I-10 AT I-45
  7. Cincinnati, Ohio: I-71 AT I-75
  8. Houston, Texas: I-45 AT US 59
  9. Los Angeles, California: SR 60 AT SR 57
  10. Houston, Texas: I-10 AT US 59


The 2015 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight-Significant Highway Locations, assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system. The report is created using several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. The data is associated with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-sponsored Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative. The locations detailed in ATRI’s latest report represent the top 100 congested locations.

To access to full report, click here.

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