2021 Top Truck Bottlenecks: you shall not pass!

April 6, 20210

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its annual list of the country’s Top 100 worst bottlenecks in America.

Texas becomes the state with the highest number of bottlenecks in the Top 100. The list includes 12 state places. Eight are in Houston, two in Dallas, one in Fort Worth and one in Austin.


The Texas bottlenecks are:

  • No. 5: Houston, TX: I-45 at I-69/US 59 
  • No. 12: Dallas, TX: I-45 at I-30
  • No. 15: Austin, TX: I-35
  • No. 17: Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (North)
  • No. 22: Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45
  • No. 38: Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (West)
  • No. 43: Dallas, TX: US 75 at I-635
  • No. 45: Houston, TX: I-610 at I-69/US 59 (West)
  • No. 50: Houston, TX: I-610 at US 290
  • No. 58: Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (East)
  • No. 69: Fort Worth, TX: I-35W at I-30
  • No. 80: Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (South)

The intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, becomes the No. 1 freight bottleneck in the country.


The Top 10 bottlenecks include:

  1. Fort Lee: I-95 at SR 4
  2. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  3. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  4. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  5. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  6. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  7. Chattanooga, Tennessee: I-75 at I-24
  8. St. Louis: I-64/I-55 at I-44
  9. Rye, New York: I-95 at I-287
  10. San Bernardino, California: I-10 at I-15

ATRI analysis showed that despite the fact that COVID had an impact on traffic throughout the country, the traffic jams have been and will be. The average daily truck speed at bottlenecks was around 45 mph or less.

Since 2002, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has collected and processed truck GPS data in support of numerous U.S. DOT freight mobility initiatives. 


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