The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its annual report on the most congested areas in the country for trucks, and six separate Washington locations — three in the South Sound — landed in the top 100.
“When trucks stop moving, our economy suffers,” said Washington Trucking Association Executive Vice President Sheri Call. “All six of the Washington locations increased in rank on ATRI’s list this year and that’s not a list that you want to be at the top of. With targeted investment as the worst chokepoints, we can continue to deliver for Washington and keep our economy moving forward.”
Washington’s truck bottlenecks areas are:
No. 29 Vancouver: I-5 at Columbia River
No. 37 Seattle: I-5 at I-90
No. 46 Federal Way: SR 18 at I-5
No. 59 Auburn: SR 18 at SR 167
No. 67 Tacoma: I-5 at I-705/SR 16
No. 68 Seattle: I-90 at I-405
Truck traffic is not only frustrating for drivers, it also costs businesses money.
“For UPS, if all of our vehicles are delayed just five minutes a day, every day, it costs our company $114 million a year,” said Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight.
While other metropolitan areas land much higher atop ATRI’s list (the city of Atlanta has six bottleneck locations, three of which are in the top 10), only Texas, Connecticut, Georgia, and California have as many or more congested areas as Washington.
“ATRI’s research shows us where the worst pain points are — but they are far from the only ones. This report should be a wakeup call for elected leaders at all levels of government that we must act quickly to address our increasingly congested highway system,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said. “Without meaningful investment in our nation’s infrastructure, carriers will continue to endure billions of dollars in congestion-related costs — which results in a self-inflicted drag on our economy.”
See ATRI’s full report here.