Top 10 Trucking Bottlenecks on America’s Highways

Anyone who’s ever driven through Atlanta around rush hour can attest to how busy the interstates are in and around the city.

So it’s likely no surprise that Atlanta is No. 1 in the country for trucking’s biggest bottlenecks. What’s causing all the congestion is the intersection of I-285 and I-85 in Atlanta, known officially as the Tom Moreland Interchange. Locals, however, call it “Spaghetti Junction,” for how it looks with lanes curving around and going everywhere. In addition to the two major highways, this interchange also provides ramps to four secondary roads.


With daily routes to Atlanta as part of our dedicated line haul lanes, we at Paramount Freight Systems find the results of this study interesting. As one of the premiere owner-operator trucking companies in America, we like to share trucking news like this with our drivers, customers and readers of this blog.

Atlanta’s top ranking comes from an analysis of 250 locations on the national highway system by the  American Transportation Research Institute. The ATRI recently released its “2015 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight-Significant Highway Locations,” which looks at the level of truck-oriented congestion at those 250 locations.

While Atlanta ranks first on the list of 100 traffic chokepoints in the country, Houston, Texas actually has four in the top 10.  Here are the top 10 locations for truck-oriented congestion:

  1. Atlanta: I-285 AT I-85 (North)
  2. Chicago: I-290 AT I-90/I-94
  3. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 AT SR 4
  4. Louisville, Kentucky.: I-65 AT I-64/I-71
  5. Houston: I-610 AT US 290
  6. Houston: I-10 AT I-45
  7. Cincinnati: I-71 AT I-75
  8. Houston: I-45 AT US 59
  9. Los Angeles: SR 60 AT SR 57
  10. Houston: I-10 AT US 59

Using several customized software applications and data from trucking operations, the ATRI produces a congestion impact ranking for each of the 250 locations and lists the top 100 in the country in its report.

Remember this list of the top 10 trucking bottlenecks as you travel and haul freight. You’ll know which roads to avoid if possible. Unfortunately, some are unavoidable.

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