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Tuesday, February 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Emily Crane
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Arlington, Virginia - The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America, and six Georgia locations made the top 100, with three in the top 10.


The 2019 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system.  The analysis, based on truck GPS data from nearly 1 million heavy duty 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.  ATRI’s truck GPS data is used to support the U.S. DOT’s freight mobility initiatives.  The locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations. 


“Georgia’s decision to invest in infrastructure is paying off,” said Georgia Motor Trucking Association President Ed Crowell.  “I am thrilled we no longer have the worst bottleneck in country, but the fact that three of our interchanges rank in the top 10 nationally illustrates how significant our congestion issues are.  Georgia DOT’s great work has shown continued investment in infrastructure pays off.  It has the potential to improve all these locations and keep our economy and our citizens moving.” 


The six Georgia bottlenecks, all in the Atlanta area are:


·       No. 2:   I-285 at I-85 (North)

·       No. 3:   I-75 at I-285 (North)

·       No. 9:   I-20 at I-285 (West)

·       No. 25: I-20 at I-285 (East)

·       No. 54: I-20 at I-75/I-85

·       No. 91: I-75 at I-85


“ATRI’s research shows us where the worst pain points are – but they are far from the only ones. This report should be a wakeup call for elected leaders at all levels of government that we must act quickly to address our increasingly congested highway system,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said. “Without meaningful investment in our nation’s infrastructure, carriers will continue to endure billions of dollars in congestion-related costs – which results in a self-inflicted drag on our economy.”


For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website at


ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.