100 places you’ll want to try to avoid when driving

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The American Transportation Research Institute recently released its annual list of the 100 worst highway bottlenecks for trucks on American highways, and for the second year in a row, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey tops the list. The intersection that funnels traffic from New Jersey across the nearly-90-year-old George Washington Bridge into New York City was the second worst in 2018 and 2017.

See the entire list of 100 worst bottlenecks.

This year’s complete top 10 includes:

  1. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 at SR 4
  2. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  3. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
  4. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  5. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North)
  6. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  7. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  8. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  9. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  10. Los Angeles: I-710 at I-105

This is last year’s top 10 list looked like:

  1. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 at SR 4
  2. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  3. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North)
  4. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  5. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  6. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  7. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  8. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
  9. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  10. Los Angeles: I-710 at I-105

Here are the worst bottlenecks from 2018’s rankings:

  1. Atlanta: Interstates 285 and 85 North
  2. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 at SR 4
  3. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  4. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North)
  5. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  6. Boston: I-95 at I-90
  7. Baltimore: I-695 at I-70
  8. Queens, New York: I-495
  9. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  10. Louisville, Kentucky: I-65 at I-64/I-71

And, from 2017:

  1. Atlanta: I-285 and I-85 North
  2. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 at State Route 4
  3. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/94
  4. Louisville, Kentucky: I-65 at I-64/71
  5. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  6. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  7. Auburn, Washington: SR 18 at SR 167
  8. Houston: I-45 at US 59
  9. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 North
  10. Seattle: I-5 at I-90

ATRI’s list assesses the level of truck-involved congestion at 300 locations. That analysis is based on GPS data from over 1 million heavy-duty trucks.