Recently, a report was released that named the worst areas in the nation for truck bottlenecks. While the information is important for truckers and companies mapping routes, it’s also important for every driver on the road. Knowing where these hot spots of congestion are can help keep drivers safe.
The American Transportation Research Institute, or ATRI, released the report of the most congested bottlenecks across the country. One of the areas named in the top 10 of the list was the maze of highways and overpasses very near Atlanta called “Spaghetti Junction.” Anyone who has driven in this area around rush hour knows how it is: Trucks clog up the highways, especially the overpasses with just a couple of lanes.
The research helps to determine where highway funding will be most useful. It is a national priority, says the American Trucking Association, to ensure that goods are moved around the country safely and efficiently.
Today, 70 percent of freight is moved via truck. Gasoline, food and other products make their way from manufacturer to store to consumer every day. The majority of this movement can be attributed to the trucking industry. Productivity is greatly diminished when trucks cannot operate smoothly. Georgia seems to be especially poor when it comes to truck-friendly infrastructure.
Besides Spaghetti Junction, six other interchanges in or close to Atlanta made the list of worst 100 areas. While some local officials may not feel as though their cities are deserving of their ratings, Georgia officials are resigned to being on the list. The president for the Georgia Motor Trucking Association said that the areas named on the list are as bad as described.
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Atlanta or the surrounding area, reach out to our team of attorneys. We will review the details of your case at no cost to you and advise you of your legal options.