TRAFFIC JAMS * USA: Atlanta, the worst
* Georgia - The nation's truckers know Atlanta has worst traffic jams
The American Transportation Research Institute ranks I-285 at I-85 as the worst bottleneck for trucks in the country, something that Atlanta-area commuters are all too familiar with: traffic jams in and around the city can be the worst... The list assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system. The analysis, based on truck GPS data from more than 600,000 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... According to data from this year's list, trucks' average speed at the northbound juncture of I-285 and I-85 is 38 m.p.h., with that average dropping to 26 m.p.h. during rush hours... According to the ATRI, congestion on the nation's highways costs the trucking industry $49.6 billion a year. That cost comes from 728 million lost hours of industry productivity — the equivalent of 264,500 truck drivers sitting still for an entire year... While Atlanta's seven traffic hot spots was good for second-most, Houston actually has the most locations on the 2017 map with nine. But the Texas city's worst bottleneck comes in at only No. 8, one spot ahead of Atlanta's second entry on the list...
Atlanta, GA, USA - Loganville Patch, by Doug Gross - January 26, 2017