ATRI releases top 100 truck bottlenecks

February 12, 2019 9:52 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

Arlington, Va. – The American Transportation Research Institute today 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.

“Congestion is a persistent issue for our industry and our company specifically,” said Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight. “For UPS, if all of our vehicles are delayed just five minutes a day, every day, it costs our company $114 million a year. In order to combat congestion, many companies must plan operational redundancies to meet their customer needs. Using data like ATRI’s bottleneck report can help both companies and elected officials to make more informed decisions.”

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. Fort Lee, N.J.: I-95 and SR 4
  2. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  3. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North)
  4. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  5. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  6. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  7. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  8. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
  9. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  10. Los Angeles: I-710 at I-105

There are five locations in Pennsylvania on the list, which is up from just two a year ago. Three of those bottlenecks are in Philadelphia and two are in the Harrisburg area.

In Philadelphia, the bottleneck at I-76 at I-676 landed at number 51 last year but has moved up to 38 in 2019. The average speed is just 30.4 MPH, down 5.66 percent from last year.

I-476 at I-95 in Philadelphia was the only other location in Pennsylvania on the 2018 top-100 and it was just barely in the top-100 at 97. This year, it has moved up to 63 on the list and saw a decrease of average speed of 1.66 percent.

I-81 at I-83 in Harrisburg sits at number 62 on the top-100 this year with an average speed of 51.1; representing a decrease from last year of more than six percent.

I-76 at I-476 in Philadelphia appears in the 77th spot on the list and RT 581 at I-83 in Harrisburg is in the 92nd spot.

For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website by clicking here.



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