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Buffalo-area highways in top 100 truck bottlenecks for 2021

A major Buffalo-area interchange has made the top 100 list of most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

The Virginia-based American Transportation Research Institute's 2021 Top Truck Bottleneck List measured the level of truck-involved congestion at over 300 locations on the national highway system. With GPS data from over 1 million freight trucks nationwide in 2020, the I-90 at the I-290 interchange settled in at number 86.

Average speed at the site is less than 51 miles per hour, with speeds decreasing to less than 49 miles per hour during peak traffic, and only increasing above 51 miles per hour during non-peak times.

The rates are only slightly higher than a quarter of the country's congestion points with average speeds of 45 miles per hour or less.

ATRI's analysis found that while COVID impacted car drivers across the country, it did not severely decrease congestion for trucking.

Topping the list of congested locations for the third year in a row is the intersection of I-95 and State Route 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Five other locations across New York State also made the top 100 list.