The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.
The 2022 Top Truck Bottleneck List measures the level of truck-involved congestion at over 300 locations on the national highway system. 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. ATRI’s truck GPS data is also used to support the US DOT’s Freight Mobility Initiative. The bottleneck locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations, although ATRI continuously monitors more than 300 freight-critical locations.
For the fourth year in a row, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey (George Washington Bridge) is the number one freight bottleneck in the country. This significantly impacts the economy of New York City, which is reliant on trucks to deliver around 90 percent of goods and services.
Unfortunately, six of the top 100 happen to be in New York:
- 17: Rye: I-95 at I-287
- 20: Brooklyn: I-278 at Belt Parkway
- 31: Queens: I-495
- 39: Bronx: I-678
- 73: Manhasset: I-495 at Shelter Rock Road
- 74: Nyack: I-287
Since freight transportation is an interstate business, there are other bottlenecks that impact movement in the New York Metro area. Connecticut, matches New York with six of the top 100 bottlenecks:
- 24: Hartford: I-84 at I-91
- 37: Stamford: I-95
- 51: Waterbury: I-84 at SR 8
- 56: Norwalk: I-95
- 79: Bridgeport: I-95 at SR 8/SR 25
- 82: New Haven: I-95 at I-91
The average peak hour truck speed is 38.6 mph, down almost 11 percent year-over-year. 30 states have at least one bottleneck, with Texas leading the pack with 14.