ATRI Releases 2022 List of Top Truck Bottlenecks

February 09, 2022 11:44 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)


Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

The 2022 Top Truck Bottleneck List measures the level of truck-involved congestion at over 300 locations on the national highway system.  The analysis, based on truck GPS data from over 1 million freight 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 also used to support the U.S. DOT’s Freight Mobility Initiative.  The bottleneck locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations, although ATRI continuously monitors more than 300 freight-critical locations.

For the fourth year in a row, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey is once again the Number One freight bottleneck in the country.  The rest of the Top 10 includes:

  • Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  • Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  • Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  • Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  • Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  • Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  • Dallas: I-45 at I-30
  • San Bernardino, California: I-10 at I-15
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: I-75 at I-24

ATRI’s analysis, which utilized data from 2021, found traffic levels rebounded across the country as more Americans returned to work and consumer demand for goods and services continued to grow.  Consequently, supply chain bottlenecks occurred throughout the country.  Average rush hour truck speeds were 38.6 MPH, down more than 11 percent from the previous year.

“ATRI’s bottleneck list is a roadmap for federal and state administrators responsible for prioritizing infrastructure investments throughout the country. Every year, ATRI’s list highlights the dire needs for modernizing and improving our roads and bridges,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear.  “We have seen, most recently in Pittsburgh, that the cost of doing nothing could also cost lives.  It’s time to fund these projects and get our supply chains moving again.”

There are four Pennsylvania truck bottlenecks on the 2022 list, down from five in 2021. All of the locations are in Philadelphia.

#26 Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-676
#43 Philadelphia, PA: I-476 at I-95
#46 Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at US 1
#66 Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-476

For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website here.  ATRI is also providing animations created with truck GPS data for select bottleneck locations, all available on the website.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.



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