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Freight Facts and Figures 2013

Figure 3-17. Peak-Period Congestion on the National Highway System: 2040

Assuming no changes in network capacity, increases in truck and passenger vehicle traffic are forecast to expand areas of recurring peak-period congestion to 34 percent of the NHS in 2040 compared with 10 percent in 2011. This will slow traffic on 28,000 miles of the NHS and create stop-and-go conditions on an additional 46,000 miles.

Figure 3-17

Figure 3-17. U.S. map with projections for 2040 showing congestion throughout most of the country, with the exception of the central states.

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AADTT is average annual daily truck traffic and includes all freight-hauling and other trucks with six or more tires. AADT is average annual daily traffic and includes all motor vehicles. NHS mileage as of 2011, prior to MAP-21 system expansion.


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, 2013.


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