ATRI releases rankings of worst bottlenecks

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, January 25, 2017

For the second consecutive year, Atlanta’s “Spaghetti Junction” tops the American Transportation Institute’s annual list of most congested bottlenecks for trucks in the United States.

The 2017 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system. According to an ATRI news release, the analysis is based on truck GPS data from more than 600,000 heavy-duty trucks. Several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations, are used to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.

“Spaghetti Junction,” which is located at the intersection of Interstates 285 and 85 North, has a peak average speed of only 26 mph. That intersection, however, isn’t the only congested area in Atlanta, according to the rankings. The intersection of I-75 at I-285 North in Atlanta is ranked ninth.

The complete top 10 of the most congested areas for heavy-duty trucks are listed below.

  1. I-285 at I-85 North in Atlanta
  2. I-95 at State Route 4 in Fort Lee, N.J. 
  3. I-290 at I-90/94 in Chicago
  4. I-65 at I-64/71 in Louisville, Ky.
  5. I-71 at I-75 in Cincinnati
  6. SR 60 at SR 57 in Los Angeles
  7. SR 18 at SR 167 in Auburn, Wash.
  8. I-45 at US 59 in Houston
  9. I-75 at I-285 North in Atlanta
  10. I-5 at I-90 in Seattle

Other parts of Atlanta are ranked 14th, 43rd, 62nd, 66th and 73rd, respectively. The complete top 100 list of the worst bottlenecks in the United States can be found here.

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