Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks – 2020

Since 2002, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has collected and processed truck GPS data in support of numerous U.S. DOT freight mobility initiatives. Using truck GPS data from over 1 million trucks, ATRI develops and monitors a series of key performance measures on the nation’s freight transportation system. Among many GPS analyses, ATRI now converts its truck GPS dataset into an ongoing analysis that is used to quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck-borne freight at 300 specific locations.

Measuring the performance of freight movement across our nation’s highways is critical to understanding where and at what level investment should be made. The information provided through this effort empowers decision-making in both the private and public sectors by helping stakeholders 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. ATRI’s bottleneck analysis incorporates and synthesizes several unique components, including a massive database of truck GPS data at freight-significant locations throughout the U.S., and an algorithm that quantifies the impact of congestion on truck-based freight. In addition, the annual reports provide a chronological repository of mobility profiles, allowing congestion changes to be assessed over time. This allows transportation analysts and planners to conduct performance benchmarking and identification of influential factors contributing to congestion and the requisite consequences on 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.

Congestion
Ranking
Location DescriptionStateAverage
Speed
Peak
Average
Speed
Non-Peak
Average
Speed
Speed
Percent Change
Y-o-Y
1Fort Lee, NJ: I-95 at SR 4NJ29.722.432.45.1%
2Atlanta, GA: I-285 at I-85 (North)GA34.022.440.2-0.6%
3Nashville, TN: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)TN36.324.042.5-12.0%
4Houston, TX: I-45 at I-69/US 59TX30.920.536.1-8.6%
5Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)GA40.529.246.45.0%
6Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94IL21.716.123.8-2.6%
7Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)GA42.636.445.2-0.8%
8Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75OH43.936.047.0-5.1%
9Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57CA40.233.143.3-1.9%
10Los Angeles, CA: I-710 at I-105CA35.425.240.9-4.1%
11Hartford, CT: I-84 at I-91CT42.732.846.5-2.1%
12San Bernardino, CA: I-10 at I-15CA41.932.546.0-2.9%
13Rye, NY: I-95 at I-287NY42.940.843.4-11.7%
14Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45TX37.924.945.4-4.5%
15Denver, CO: I-70 Central ProjectCO36.028.339.8-10.4%
16Austin, TX: I-35TX27.415.732.3-8.7%
17Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (North)TX38.726.146.0-12.9%
18Dallas, TX: I-45 at I-30TX38.527.843.4-2.8%
19Portland, OR: I-5 at I-84OR30.723.034.8-6.7%
20Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (North)IN45.034.550.5-8.5%
21Denver, CO: I-70 at I-25CO38.129.742.4-3.4%
22Nashville, TN: I-40 at I-65 (East)TN37.226.441.9-7.8%
23Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (West)TX43.631.249.8-2.1%
24Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (East)GA45.038.347.9-1.2%
25Greenville, SC: I-85 at I-385SC45.937.949.6-11.5%
26Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (North)IL29.016.636.14.1%
27Baton Rouge, LA: I-10 at I-110LA37.429.441.50.02%
28Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (South)IL40.531.844.0-3.1%
29Queens, NY: I-495NY24.115.029.66.0%
30Phoenix, AZ: I-17 at I-10AZ42.829.649.3-2.0%
31Brooklyn, NY: I-278 at Belt ParkwayNY35.025.439.1-3.0%
32Chattanooga, TN: I-75 at I-24TN50.547.751.6-5.9%
33St. Louis, MO: I-64/I-55 at I-44MO45.441.846.810.7%
34Vancouver, WA: I-5 at Columbia RiverWA41.635.444.1-2.5%
35Tacoma, WA: I-5 at I-705/SR 16WA39.131.742.7-11.4%
36Oakland, CA: I-880 at I-238CA39.632.143.5-1.7%
37Stamford, CT: I-95CT39.831.442.2-0.5%
38Providence, RI: I-95 at I-195RI39.631.743.3-3.9%
39Federal Way, WA: SR 18 at I-5WA42.132.946.9-9.1%
40Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-494MN43.233.748.2-1.3%
41Corona, CA: I-15 at SR 91CA42.033.844.9-7.9%
42Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (South)IN44.334.949.2-5.9%
43Dallas, TX: US 75 at I-635TX43.832.648.9-5.8%
44Seattle, WA: I-5 at I-90WA32.725.636.35.2%
45Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-676PA29.023.331.1-3.2%
46Chicago, IL: I-80 at I-94IL51.147.252.7-6.8%
47Gary, IN: I-65 at I-80IN50.348.650.9-7.3%
48Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-75/I-85GA37.326.941.8-3.1%
49Norwalk, CT: I-95CT42.830.447.3-3.1%
50Baltimore, MD: I-695 at I-70MD44.034.248.5-0.7%
51Chattanooga, TN: I-24 at US 27TN47.038.051.71.7%
52Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at US 1PA31.021.935.51.0%
53Houston, TX: I-610 at US 290TX42.430.649.14.4%
54Kansas City, MO: I-70 at I-670 at US 71MO45.938.549.10.0%
55Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (East )TX49.042.052.11.0%
56Charlotte, NC: I-85 at I-485 (West)NC49.540.554.1-11.1%
57Charlotte, NC: I-77 at I-485 (South)NC50.641.854.7-0.4%
58Bronx, NY: I-678NY31.625.834.42.3%
59Detroit, MI: I-94 at I-75MI44.738.247.822.9%
60Auburn, WA: SR 18 at SR 167WA43.735.747.4-6.0%
61Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN: I-35E at I-94MN42.333.247.0-8.3%
62McDonough, GA: I-75GA51.649.352.4-2.7%
63Los Angeles, CA: I-110 at I-105CA37.928.542.32.0%
64Boston, MA: I-95 at I-90MA43.032.147.8-5.3%
65Philadelphia, PA: I-476 at I-95PA42.733.147.3-2.7%
66Milwaukee, WI: I-94/I-794 at I-43WI42.432.448.11.5%
67Cincinnati, OH: I-75 at I-74OH46.938.150.6-4.4%
68Denver, CO: I-25 at I-76CO46.437.450.8-5.6%
69Phoenix, AZ: I-10 at US 60AZ47.737.852.1-3.3%
70Piscataway, NJ: I-287NJ45.533.851.4-3.7%
71Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-85GA34.923.540.20.01%
72Washington, DC: I-95 at I-495 (North)DC45.633.050.6-5.2%
73Houston, TX: I-610 at I-69/US 59 (West)TX37.928.642.0-13.8%
74Nashville, TN: I-65 at I-24TN47.936.853.0-5.2%
75Oakland, CA: I-80 at I-580/I-880CA31.623.735.55.4%
76Seattle, WA: I-90 at I-405WA36.628.640.41.0%
77Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-694MN45.235.950.5-9.5%
78Pittsburgh, PA: I-70 at I-79 (East)PA47.546.747.9-2.3%
79Elmsford, NY: I-287 at I-87NY47.035.851.43.5%
80Baltimore, MD: I-95 at I-395MD43.533.748.0-8.8%
81Nyack, NY: I-287NY46.535.650.70.1%
82Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-476PA44.635.448.7-0.1%
83Manhasset, NY: I-495 at Shelter Rock RoadNY41.832.445.91.2%
84Boston, MA: I-95 at I-93 (North)MA41.731.846.4-3.9%
85Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN: I-94 at US 52MN34.227.438.0-4.5%
86Boston, MA: I-93 at SR 3MA36.124.543.4-4.0%
87Cincinnati, OH: I-75/I-71 at I-275OH50.143.153.3-4.4%
88Portland, OR: I-5 at I-205 (South)OR45.736.051.1-6.5%
89Baltimore, MD: I-695 at I-83MD47.237.751.0-4.2%
90Ft. Worth, TX: I-35W at I-30TX45.836.450.12.1%
91Tampa, FL: I-4 at I-275FL39.228.044.8-4.9%
92Charleston, SC: I-26 at I-526SC43.833.949.0-2.4%
93Indianapolis, IN: I-465 at I-69IN49.641.753.20.7%
94Nashville, TN: I-65 at I-440TN43.030.149.9-16.0%
95Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-94MN37.930.441.8-1.4%
96Charlotte, NC: I-77 near Lake NormanNC43.533.848.721.8%
97Columbus, OH: I-71 at I-70OH44.237.346.8-0.8%
98Harrisburg, PA: SR 581 at I-83PA48.241.950.9-3.2%
99Washington, DC: I-495 at I-66DC43.133.046.4-7.1%
100Baltimore, MD: I-95 at I-695 (South)MD49.039.353.3-4.9%

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