2017 Top 100 Truck Bottleneck List


Since 2002, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has collected and processed truck GPS data in support of the Federal Highway Administration’s Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative, a program that maintains and monitors a series of performance measures related to the nation’s truck-based freight transportation system.

The metrics that generate from ATRI’S ongoing truck bottleneck analysis quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck-borne freight at 250 specific locations.  The information provided through this effort can empower decision-making in both the private and public sectors by allowing stakeholders to better understand the severity of congestion and mobility constraints on the U.S. highway transportation system.  This is of particular importance as the nation weighs the needs and resources available for transportation funding.  On a state and local level, this research can inform local investment decisions that can directly improve supply chain efficiency.  This “bottleneck” analysis incorporates and synthesizes several unique components, including a massive database of truck GPS data at freight-significant locations throughout the United States (U.S.), and an algorithm that quantifies the impact of congestion on truck-based freight. Since its inception, the monitored list has grown to 250 freight-significant locations. In addition, the annual reports provide a chronological repository of mobility profiles, whereby congestion changes can be assessed over time.  This, in turn, allows transportation analysts and planners to conduct performance benchmarking and identification of influential factors contributing to congestion and the requisite consequences on truck-freight mobility.

  • For the bottleneck brochure with a list of all 100 locations, click here.
  • For a description of the research methodology, click here.
  • The top 100 congestion profiles are listed in rank-order by congestion level in the table below.  You may view a location by clicking a location hyperlink.  You may also sort any column by clicking header in that column.
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Congestion RankingLocation DescriptionStateAverage SpeedPeak Average SpeedNon-Peak Average SpeedNon-Peak/
Peak Ratio
Year Over Year Change in Rank
1Atlanta, GA: I-285 at I-85 (North)GA3826441.720
2Fort Lee, NJ: I-95 at SR 4NJ3527381.41Up 1
3Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94IL2722281.26Down 1
4Louisville, KY: I-65 at I-64/I-71KY3932431.360
5Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75OH4638491.28Up 2
6Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57 CA4335461.31Up 3
7Auburn, WA: SR 18 at SR 167WA4539481.24Up 10
8Houston, TX: I-45 at US 59 TX3626401.550
9Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)GA4433491.52Up 3
10Seattle, WA: I-5 at I-90WA3527391.43Up 4
11Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45TX4231461.48Down 5
12Dallas, TX: I-45 at I-30TX3827431.59Down 1
13Houston, TX: I-10 at US 59TX4231481.57Down 3
14Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)GA4741491.20Up 12
15Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (North)IL3218392.160
16Tacoma, WA: I-5 at I-705/SR 16WA4641481.17Up 16
17Los Angeles, CA: I-710 at I-105CA4332481.49Up 1
18Federal Way, WA: SR 18 at I-5WA4840521.30Up 15
19Baton Rouge, LA: I-10 at I-110LA4032441.380
20Nashville, TN: I-24 at I-440 (North)TN4534511.47Up 10
21Seattle, WA: I-90 at I-405WA4031451.46Up 1
22Houston, TX: I-610 at US 290TX4232461.43Down 17
23St. Louis, MO: I-70 at I-64 (West)MO4441451.10Down 10
24Hartford, CT: I-84 at I-91CT4636511.42Down 4
25Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (North) TX4635501.44Down 4
26San Bernardino, CA: I-10 at I-15CA4740501.26Up 10
27Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (South)IL4436471.31Up 10
28Austin, TX: I-35TX3118372.00Down 12
29Nashville, TN: I-65 at I-24TN4538471.24Up 5
30Denver, CO: I-70 at I-25CO4437471.27Down 5
31Port Huron, MI: I-94 at I-69MI3738360.96Up 23
32Memphis, TN: I-40 at I-240 (East)TN4236451.26Up 17
33Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (West)TX4637501.36Down 6
34Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (North)IN5045521.16Down 10
35Cincinnati, OH: I-75 at I-74OH4537491.30Down 12
36Vancouver, WA: I-5 at Columbia RiverWA4235441.27Up 3
37Brooklyn, NY: I-278 at Belt ParkwayNY3631381.24Up 1
38Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (South)IN5046521.12Down 10
39Corona, CA: I-15 at SR 91CA4029451.53Up 4
40Phoenix, AZ: I-17 at I-10 AZ4939531.37Up 17
41Portland, OR: I-5 at I-84OR3526391.48Up 5
42Detroit, MI: I-94 at I-75MI4437481.31Down 2
43Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (East)GA5042531.25Up 9
44Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-676PA3428361.29Down 9
45Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-94MN3930441.49Down 4
46Oakland, CA: I-880 at I-238CA4435481.37Up 4
47Norwalk, CT: I-95CT4538471.22Down 16
48Nashville, TN: I-40 at I-65 (East)TN4434491.46Up 14
49Ft. Worth, TX: I-35W at I-30TX4537491.32Up 2
50Dayton, OH: I-75 at US 35OH4539481.25Down 8
51Milwaukee, WI: I-94 at I-894WI4537491.33Down 22
52Oakland, CA: I-80 at I-580/I-880CA3323391.74Down 5
53Los Angeles, CA: I-110 at I-105CA4132461.45Up 8
54Denver, CO: I-25 at I-76 CO4942521.24Up 5
55Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-494MN4941531.28Down 11
56Kansas City, MO: I-70 at I-670 at US 71MO5046511.10Down 3
57New Haven, CT: I-95 at I-91CT4435481.35Down 9
58Stamford, CT: I-95CT4533491.47Up 2
59Houston, TX: I-610 at US 59 (West)TX4030451.47Down 4
60Dallas, TX: US 75 at I-635TX4836531.44Up 10
61Pittsburgh, PA: I-70 at I-79 (West)PA5149511.04Up 83
62Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-75/I-85GA4232461.47Up 3
63Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY: I-90 at I-290NY4641481.160
64Washington, D.C.: I-95 at I-495 (North)DC4734521.50Down 6
65Houston, TX: I-45 at Sam Houston Tollway (North)TX4939541.36Down 1
66Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-675GA5046521.13Up 20
67Columbus, OH: I-71 at I-70 OH4840511.260
68Waterbury, CT: I-84 at SR 8CT4541471.15Up 19
69Providence, RI: I-95 at I-195RI4333471.46Up 21
70Detroit, MI: I-75 at I-696MI4636521.43Down 4
71Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-694MN4840531.34Up 5
72Boston, MA: I-95 at I-93 (North)MA4636501.40Down 4
73Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-85GA3926451.69Up 8
74Lynnwood, WA: I-5 at I-405WA4941531.32Up 1
75Tacoma, WA: I-5 at SR 512WA5249531.09Up 18
76Charter Oak Bridge, CT: I-91 CT5145531.18Up 8
77Bridgeport, CT: I-95 at RT 8 CT5043531.230
78Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-476PA4739511.32Down 7
79Birmingham, AL: I-65 at I-20AL5247541.14Down 5
80Boston, MA: I-93 at SR 3MA4026471.76Up 2
81Baltimore, MD: I-95 at I-695 (South)MD5144531.20Down 9
82Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (South)TX4636511.43Down 26
83Tampa , FL: I-4 at I-275FL4130471.56Down 14
84Cincinnati, OH: I-75/I-71 at I-275OH5246551.20Up 20
85Charlotte, NC: I-77 at I-485 (South)NC5348551.15Up 11
86Washington, DC: I-495 at I-270 (East)DC4531511.65Up 3
87Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35E at I-94MN4334471.39Down 2
88Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (East )TX5348551.14Down 8
89Baltimore, MD: I-95 at I-395MD4742491.17Down 10
90Manhasset, NY: I-495 at Shelter Rock RoadNY4436481.32Down 2
91Charlotte, NC: I-77 near Lake NormanNC4534511.51Up 12
92Elmsford, NY: I-287 at I-87NY4741491.21Up 3
93Rye, NY: I-95 at I-287NY5350531.07Up 7
94Jacksonville, FL: I-10 at I-95FL4638511.360
95Everett, WA: I-5 at US 2WA4942521.23Down 4
96Pittsburgh, PA: I-70 at I-79 (East)PA5352531.01Up 24
97Camden, NJ: I-76 at I-676NJ4642471.11Down 14
98Las Vegas, NV: I-15 at I-515NV4842521.26Up 4
99Charleston, SC: I-26 at I-526SC4740511.290
100Indianapolis, IN: I-465 at I-69IN5347551.16Down 8