Annual Top 10 List of Most Congested Bottlenecks For Truckers Just Released
Alexandria, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for truckers in America.
“The 2021 Top Truck Bottleneck List measures the level of truck-involved congestion at over 300 locations on the national highway system,” ATRI said in a statement. “The analysis, based on truck GPS data from over 1 million freight trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.”
In addition, ATRI, which is the research arm of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), said it continuously monitors freight-critical locations across the nation as well as truck GPS data used to support the U.S. DOT’s Freight Mobility Initiative.
The bottleneck locations detailed in this latest list represent the top 100 congested locations.
However, let’s take a look at the top 10.
For the third year in a row, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, NJ is once again the Number One freight bottleneck in the country.
The rest of the Top 10 includes:
2. Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75
3. Atlanta, GA: I-285 at I-85 (North)
4. Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)
5. Houston, TX: I-45 at I-69/US 59
6. Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94
7. Chattanooga, TN: I-75 at I-24
8. St. Louis, MO: I-64/I-55 at I-44
9. Rye, NY: I-95 at I-287
10. San Bernardino, CA: I-10 at I-15
Interestingly, ATRI’s analysis found that while there were COVID-related impacts on traffic across the country as many people were sheltered in place due to widespread pandemic lockdowns, congestion still remained a significant problem for commercial vehicle operators.
In fact, average truck speeds at a fourth of the bottlenecks on ATRI’s list were 45 MPH or less, which is in line with pre-pandemic levels.
Inaction on Infrastructure
The ATA continues to push federal lawmakers to take action to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure.
“For decades, ATA has been sounding the alarm about how the condition of our highways is contributing to congestion – which slows down commerce, contributes to pollution and reduces safety,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The cost of doing nothing is always higher than the cost of fixing these problems and we cannot wait any longer to address this mounting crisis.”
Further, Spear argued ATRI’s list should be used as a guide to federal and state lawmakers on which areas to address first.
The Biden Administration has promised meaningful action on the issue, but as is the case year after year in Washington D.C., finding agreement on how to fund infrastructure projects is the challenge.
Republicans traditionally support public-private partnerships while Democrats prefer raising taxes, especially on higher income earners which includes many business owners who do most of the hiring in America.
Members of both parties at the federal and state levels have supported some tolling initiatives despite their inefficiencies largely driven by the costs to construct and collect the tolls.
The ATA has long pushed for increasing the federal fuel tax which were last hiked in 1993.
The federal gasoline tax sits at 18.4 cents a gallon and tax on diesel fuel remains at 24.4 cents a gallon.
However, the Biden Administration has already signaled it is not likely to go this route as many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle see such a measure as having a regressive impact.