10 Worst Traffic-Congested Highways for Truckers

By: Classadrivers.com

They say nothing in this world is certain except death, taxes, and in some parts of the country... traffic, and lots of it. That’s not exactly how the saying goes but most truckers would probably agree.

Highway congestion is a real thorn in the side to every driver, but to truckers and the trucking industry, it’s more than just a nuisance. The trucking industry lost an estimated $9.2 billion due to highway congestion in 2013 alone, so it’s easy to see why it was just named the 9th biggest concerns for the trucking industry in a study conducted by the ATRI.

For their latest report, the ATRI took calculations from GPS travel data across 250 specific locations to rank the 100 worst congested highway locations for truckers.

Which locations made the top 10? Check out the list below.

1. Atlanta, GA: I-285 at I-85 (North)

Avg. Speed: 40 mph
Peak Avg. Speed: 28 mph    
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 47 mph
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio: 1.68
Peak Hours: 5pm-6pm

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2. Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94

Avg. Speed: 27
Peak Avg. Speed: 21
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 29
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio: 1.38
Peak Hours: 5pm-6pm

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3. Fort Lee, NJ: I-95 at SR 4

Avg. Speed: 36
Peak Avg. Speed: 29
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 39
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio: 1.33
Peak Hours: 7am-9am

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4. Louisville, KY: I-65 at I-64/I-71

Avg. Speed: 44
Peak Avg. Speed: 38
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 47
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio:1.24
Peak Hours: 5pm-6pm

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5. Houston, TX: I-610 at US 290

Avg. Speed: 38
Peak Avg. Speed: 29
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 43
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio: 1.51
Peak Hours: 5pm-6pm

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6. Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45

Avg. Speed: 42
Peak Avg. Speed: 32
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 47
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio: 1.48
Peak Hours: 4pm-6pm

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7. Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75

Avg. Speed: 47
Peak Avg. Speed: 40
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 50
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio: 1.23
Peak Hours: 5pm-6pm

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8. Houston, TX: I-45 at US 59

Avg. Speed: 39
Peak Avg. Speed: 28
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 44
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio:1.54
Peak Hours: 8am-9am

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9. Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57

Avg. Speed: 45
Peak Avg. Speed: 38
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 48
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio: 1.28
Peak Hours: 3pm-7pm

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10. Houston, TX: I-10 at US 59

Avg. Speed: 43
Peak Avg. Speed: 32
Nonpeak Avg. Speed: 50
Nonpeak/Peak Ratio: 1.57
Peak Hours: 7am-9am

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To see the full report and to see if your town or route landed on the top 100, check out the full article here.