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Freight Facts and Figures 2012

Figure 3-17. Peak-Period Congestion on High-Volume Truck Portions of the National Highway System: 2007

Congested highways carrying a large number of trucks substantially impede interstate commerce, and trucks on those segments contribute significantly to congestion. Recurring congestion slows traffic on 4,700 miles and creates stop-and-go conditions on 3,700 miles of the NHS that carry more than 8,500 trucks per day.


Figure 3-17. U.S. map showing recurring peak-period congestion on high-volume truck portions of the National Highway System for year 2007.

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High-volume truck portions of the National Highway System carry more than 8,500 trucks per day, including freight-hauling long-distance trucks, freight-hauling local trucks, and other trucks with six or more tires. Highly congested segments are stop-and-go conditions with volume/service flow ratios greater than 0.95. Congested segments have reduced traffic speeds with volume/service flow ratios between 0.75 and 0.95. The volume/service flow ratio is estimated using the procedures outlined in the HPMS Field Manual, Appendix N.


U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information, Highway Performance Monitoring System; and Office of Freight Management and Operations, Freight Analysis Framework, version 3.4, 2012.


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