By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Atlanta’s “Spaghetti Junction,” the intersection of Interstates 285 and 85 North is the most congested freight bottleneck in America for the third straight year, according to an annual list from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The analysis is based on GPS data from more than 800,000 heavy duty trucks from 300 locations as part of the Federal Highway Administration-sponsored Freight Performance Measures initiative. ATRI is part of the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

Like ARTBA and other transportation, construction, and business groups, ATA is advocating for a significant increase in federal transportation infrastructure investment. President Trump is expected to touch on the topic in his Jan. 30 State of the Union address.

“The safe and efficient movement of freight should be a top priority in any infrastructure package, and this report identifies the areas where investment is most needed,” ATA President & CEO Chris Spear said.

The other nine congested bottlenecks on ATRI’s Top 10 list:

  1. Fort Lee, N.J.: I-95 at SR 4;
  2. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94;
  3. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North);
  4. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57;
  5. Boston: I-95 at I-90;
  6. Baltimore: I-695 at I-70;
  7. Queens, N.Y.: I-495;
  8. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75 and
  9. Louisville, Ky.: I-65 at I-64/I-71