Top 10 US freight congestion sites

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Arlington, Va. — A landmark in New Jersey has claimed the top slot in the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) list of most congested locations.

ATRI looked at over 250 locations along the US highway system and analyzed terabytes worth of data to compile the study, titled, “2014 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight—Significant Highway Locations.”

For the first time, the George Washington Bridge, which connects New York and New Jersey took the dubious honours of ranking first on the list, dethroning perennial winner Chicago’s Circle Interchange, which took second place.

“ATRI’s identification of congestion impacts at freight-significant locations is a critical tool in the transportation planning toolbox. Better-informed decisions mean more targeted infrastructure investment at critical freight nodes,” said Matt Hart, president of the Illinois Trucking Association and a member of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee.

“Here in Illinois we’re seeing first-hand how ATRI’s identification of the Circle Interchange as the number one freight bottleneck in previous studies led to a significant state investment to fix the chokepoint.” ATRI’s analysis points to construction on the top deck of the George Washington Bridge which created significant delays for trucks in 2013.”

Most congested freight locations

  1. FORT LEE, New Jersey: I-95 AT SR 4
  2. CHICAGO, Illinois: I-290 AT I-90/I-94
  3. ATLANTA, Georgia: I-285 AT I-85 (NORTH)
  4. CINCINNATI, Ohio: I-71 AT I-75
  5. HOUSTON, Texas: I-45 AT US 59
  6. HOUSTON, Texas: I-610 AT US 290
  7. ST. LOUIS, Missouri: I-70 AT I-64 (WEST)
  8. LOS ANGELES, California: SR 60 AT SR 57
  9. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky: I-65 AT I-64/I-71
  10. AUSTIN, Texas: I-35


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