Top 100 Big Rig Bottlenecks On U.S. Interstates Top 100 Big Rig Bottlenecks On U.S. Interstates
By Martin Hill
January 26, 2017


The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has published the top 100 commercial vehicle bottlenecks in the country. These are roadways which are consistently the most jammed-up across America. The states with the most bottlenecks include California, Texas, Washington, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut.

The group notes "Congestion costs the economy. ATRI research identified trucking industry costs of $49.6 billion as a result of congestion on the nation's highways. That cost generates from 728 million lost hours at industry productivity, the equivalent of 264,500 truck drivers sitting still for an entire year."

Their brochure on the latest study states, in part,

"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. The FPM program develops and monitors a series of key performance measures on the nation's freight transportation system..."

"The information provided through this effort can empower policy and investment decision- making in the private and public sectors by providing stakeholders with a better understanding of the severity of congestion and mobility constraints on the U.S. highway transportation system. This is critical as the nation weighs the resources needed to maintain the country's freight transportation network."

OUTCOMES: In 2012, the State of Illinois commenced work on the reconstruction of the Chicago Circle Interchange based on its ATRI ranking as the nation's #1 bottleneck. The $500 million project is expected to be completed by 2019."

Here are the top 30 bottlenecks. Note that #26 on the list, I-10 at I-15 (they list it as 'San Bernardino, CA' but it's actually Ontario Calif.) That is exactly where this horrible accident occutred, which I wrote about in 2012: You can also see all my trucking-related archives below.

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1. Atlanta, GA: I-285 at I-85 (North)
2. Fort Lee, NJ: I-95 at SR 4
3. Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94
4. Louisville, KY: I-65 at I-64/I-71
5. Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75
6. Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57 [This is actually in Diamond Bar, Ca.]
7. Auburn, WA: SR 18 at SR 167
8. Houston, TX: I-45 at US 59
9. Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)
10. Seattle, WA: I-5 at I-90

11. Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45
12. Dallas, TX: I-45 at I-30
13. Houston, TX: I-10 at US 59
14. Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)
15. Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (North)
16. Tacoma, WA: I-5 at I-705/SR 16
17. Los Angeles, CA: I-710 at I-105
18. Federal Way, WA: SR 18 at I-5
19. Baton Rouge, LA: I-10 at I-110
20. Nashville, TN: I-24 at I-440 (North)

21. Seattle, WA: I-90 at I-405
22. Houston, TX: I-610 at US 290
23. St. Louis, MO: I-70 at I-64 (West)
24. Hartford, CT: I-84 at I-91
25. Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (North)
26. San Bernardino, CA: I-10 at I-15
27. Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (South)
28. Austin, TX: I-35
29. Nashville, TN: I-65 at I-24
30. Denver, CO: I-70 at I-25

You can see the rest of ATRI's '2017 Top 100 Truck Bottleneck List' here. The page includes an interactive map where you can click on each bottleneck to see all the stats and a map of each area. You can download their quick-reference color brochure here.

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