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For the third successive year, ‘s five level stack interchange known as “Spaghetti Junction,” where Interstates 285 and 85 North intersect, is the most congested freight bottleneck in the nation, according to new research conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute.

ATRI’s 2018 study which collected real time GPS data from 800,000 trucks at 300 locations nationwide during calendar year 2016 rated 100 locations in the United States with the greatest bottlenecks, measured by a combination of both speed and volume.

This year’s research showed that in many cases, including the area, year over year average truck speeds declined,
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only worsening already serious congestion problems that ATRI has estimated cost the nation more than $63 billion annually, the equivalent of 362,000 trucks sitting idle for a year.

Ed Crowell, president of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, said the main reason for the congestion around ‘s I 285 perimeter is “simply growth.”

“The state and the region have far outstripped the capacity as it was built,” Crowell said. “It is not an easy place to add capacity.”

But Crowell noted that the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to work on doing just that, by reconfiguring interchanges and adding capacity both at the state’s two major bottlenecks and elsewhere to mitigate the traffic congestion. It’s just going to take some time.

“They will be years in the making,” Crowell said. “These are big projects.”

is not only a major population center, it also is a freight crossroads,
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a central point in the Southeast for truck movements with cargo coming from the Ports of Savannah and Jacksonville, freight coming out of Florida and Tennessee, and trucks moving through Georgia to South Carolina via I 85, ATRI President Rebecca Brewster said.

One of the more striking aspects of this year’s report is the fact that the average combined rush hour speed dropped 5.5% for the top five congested locations. They included Spaghetti Junction; No. (I 95 at State Route 4); No. 3 (I 290 at I 90/I 94); No. 4 (I 75 at I 285 north) and No. 5 Los Angeles (State Routes 60 at 57).

“With trucks moving slower, the congestion problem has gotten worse,” Brewster told Transport Topics.

Three new entries on this year’s top 10 list included No. 6 (I 95 at I 90);
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at No. 7 (I 695 at I 70) and No. (I 495 corridor).