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These are America’s top 10 worst trucking bottlenecks

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This week, the The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its annual list of the nation’s worst bottlenecks for trucks.

To compile the list of freight bottlenecks, the ATRI used “an extensive database of freight truck GPS data, uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations.”

  1. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 and SR 4
  2. Chicago: I-294 at I-290/I-88
  3. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  4. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  5. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  6. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  7. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  8. Los Angeles: I-710 at I-105
  9. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
  10. San Bernardino, California: I-10 at I-15

This is the fifth year in a row that the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey has been named the worst freight bottleneck in the country.

“ATRI’s analysis, which utilized data from 2022, found traffic conditions continue to deteriorate from recent years as more Americans returned to work post-pandemic. Consequently, supply chain bottlenecks occurred throughout the country. Average rush hour truck speeds were 36.3 MPH, down more than six percent from the previous year. Among the top-10 locations, average rush hour truck speeds were less than 30 MPH,” the ATRI said in a news release.

“The past year-plus has shone a spotlight on our supply chains, and how congestion and other pressures can hurt the American economy and consumers,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear. “ATRI’s bottleneck report highlights the areas of our transportation network in need of investment so we can get goods and people moving. The cost of doing nothing is felt in needless delays, wasted fuel and time.”

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