Feb 182020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
7:00 a.m. ET
Contact: Rebecca Brewster (404) 247-8787

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

The 2020 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-involved congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system.  The analysis, based on truck GPS data from over 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 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.

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:

  1. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  2. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
  3. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  4. Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)
  5. Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  6. Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  7. Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75
  8. Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57
  9. Los Angeles, CA: I-710 at I-105

“ATRI’s bottleneck analysis is an important tool for TDOT as we work to maximize the safety and efficiency of our transportation system, and ensure we are making the smartest investments possible,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Assistant Bureau Chief Freight & Logistics Dan Pallme.  “The additional capacity we are providing as part of the ongoing I-440 Reconstruction Project should improve the safety and reliability of this important corridor, which we know is critical to freight movement.”

ATRI’s analysis, which utilized data from 2019, found that the number of locations experiencing significant congestion – with average daily speeds of 45 MPH or less – has increased 92 percent in just five years, far outpacing the 10 percent growth in traffic congestion for that same time period.

“ATA has been beating the drum about the continued degradation of our infrastructure, and thanks to ATRI’s research we can see exactly how decades of ignoring the problem are impacting not just our industry but our economy and commuters everywhere,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear. “This report should sound the alarm for policymakers that the cost of doing nothing is too high, and provide a roadmap of where to target investments to really solve our nation’s mounting infrastructure crisis.”

For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please click here.

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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Feb 182020

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.

Location DescriptionStateAverage
Percent Change
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.
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.
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.
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%