Top Bottlenecks Less Congested Last Year, but Infrastructure Needs Persist, ATRI Finds

Trucks moved more swiftly last year through sections of road that historically are choked with congestion, as the coronavirus pandemic kept vehicles off the road and freed up highways for easier movement of freight, the American Transportation Research Institute said.

“In almost all places, congestion got better,” ATRI President Rebecca Brewster told Transport Topics. “In terms of just how painful was the congestion for the industry, 2020 was a better year in terms of the bottlenecks.”

That said, the group noted that traffic still slowed trucks down last year, and road conditions remain a challenge for the nation’s truckers.