ATRI: Top Truck Bottlenecks Include 27 in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

Of the 100 top truck bottlenecks in the nation, 27 are in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, where many fuel oil and propane marketers operate. Topping the list at number one is the intersection of I-95 and State Route 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

The intersection of I-84 and I-91 in Hartford, Connecticut, is ranked 11th among the 2020 Top Truck Bottlenecks in the nation, a list compiled by the American Transportation Research Institute. The intersection of I-95 and I-287 in Rye, N.Y., is 13th on the list. Here are the other 24 in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, listed here in order of their place among the 100:

29. Queens, N.Y.—I-495

31. Brooklyn, N.Y.—I-278 and Belt Parkway

37. Stamford, CT—I-95

38. Providence, R.I.—I-95 and I-195

49. Norwalk, CT—I-95

50. Baltimore, MD—I-695 and I-70

52. Philadelphia, PA—I-76 and US 1

58. Bronx, N.Y.—I-678

64. Boston, MA—I-95 and I-90

65. Philadelphia, PA—I-476 and I-95

70. Piscataway, N.J.—I-287

72. Washington, D.C.—I-95 and I-495 (North)

78. Pittsburgh, PA—I-70 and I-79 (East)

79. Elmsford, N.Y.—I-287 and I-87

80. Baltimore, MD—I-95 and I-395

81. Nyack, N.Y.—I-287

82. Philadelphia, PA—I-76 and I-476

83. Manhasset, N.Y.—I-495 and Shelter Rock Road

84. Boston, MA—I-95 and I-93

86. Boston, MA—I-93 and State Route 3

89. Baltimore, MD—I-695 and I-83

98. Harrisburg, PA—State Route 581 and I-83

99. Washington, D.C.—I-495 and I-66

100. Baltimore, MD—I-95 and I-695 (South)

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 one million heavy duty trucks, uses 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.

After the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey at Number One in the country, the rest of the Top 10 includes:

2.  Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)

3.  Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)

4.  Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59

5.  Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)

6.  Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94

7.  Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)

8.  Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75

9.  Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57

10. 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% in five years.

“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, visit ATRI’s website at

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in research relating to freight transportation’s role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.

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