Austin’s I-35 Has Worst Trucker Traffic Again In Texas

Interstate 35 in downtown Austin is Lone Star state’s most congested highway for truck drivers, according to an annual report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).

It was the second year in a row that the I-35 in Austin topped the TTI report for the most congested road for truckers in the state.

Truck drivers spent nearly 640,000 hours in traffic on I-35 in Austin, costing them $ 118 million in wasted time and fuel in 2020, according to the study.

“Perhaps no year in our memory has seen more attention to trucking, transportation logistics and the global supply chain than the pandemic year of 2020,” said Bill Eisele, TTI’s senior research engineer, in a statement.

“The results of this year’s congested roads in Texas study reflect this increased demand, as many of the worst cargo bottlenecks are new to the top 100, including some along the US-Mexico border.” where trucking was particularly active in meeting supply demands. . “

In total, truck drivers were delayed by 15.3 million hours in bottleneck traffic across Lone Star State, wasting 24.7 million gallons of fuel and costing industry of trucking $ 797 million in lost time and fuel costs in 2020.

TTI analyzed 1,800 sections of road spanning nearly 10,000 miles in areas ranging from rural West Texas to major cities.

Houston had five routes in the top 10, the most of any city, while Dallas and Austin had two each.

“For trucking in the state, truck trips may have declined a bit when the initial shutdown took place in March, but in many cases this slowdown did not last long and truck traffic was returned quickly to normal levels, ”according to the study. “In some cases, truck traffic has increased in the hallways for the year despite the pandemic, such as Mines Road in Laredo, Texas. ”

The 10 most crowded spots in Texas in 2020, according to TTI:

1. Austin I-35 from US 290 North to Ben White Boulevard
2. Dallas I-35, from State Highway 183 to Interstate 30
3. Houston Interstate 10, from Katy Freeway to Interstate 69
4. Houston I-69, from State Highway 288 to I-10
5. Houston I-69, from Interstate 610 to State Highway 288
6. Austin I-35, from Ben White Boulevard to Slaughter Lane
7. Dallas I-35, from State Highway 183 to I-30
8. Laredo Route des Mines / FM 1472
9. Houston State Highway 288, from Interstate 45 to I-610
10. Houston I-610, from I-45 to US 290

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