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These Are America’s Worst Trucking Bottlenecks of 2024

For the sixth consecutive year, an intersection in New Jersey topped the list as the worst truck bottleneck in the U.S. 
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The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its annual list of the most congested traffic bottlenecks for trucks, which tracks the performance of freight movement across the nation’s highways.

For the sixth consecutive year, the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Route 4 — just west of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ — topped the list as the worst truck bottleneck in the U.S.

Atlanta claimed three spots on the top 10 list, and Chicago and Houston each claimed two spots.

Source: ATRI

ATRI’s 2024 Top 10 Truck Bottlenecks

  1. Fort Lee, NJ: I-95 at SR 4
  2. Chicago: I-294 at I-290/I-88
  3. Chicago: I-55
  4. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  5. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  6. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  7. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  8. Houston: I-10 at I-45
  9. Atlanta: I-285 at SR 400
  10. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)

Check out the full 2024 Top 100 Bottlenecks List.

How the List is Created

ATRI has collected and processed freight truck GPS data since 2002. The institute developed and monitors a series of key performance measures on the nation’s freight transportation system. ATRI converts its truck GPS dataset into an ongoing truck bottleneck analysis that is used to quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck-borne freight at over 325 specific locations.`

ATRI’s bottleneck analysis incorporates and synthesizes several components, including a database of truck GPS data at freight-significant locations throughout the U.S., and a speed/volume algorithm that quantifies the impact of congestion on truck-based freight.

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