Fairfield County’s notorious traffic jams along Interstate 95 received national attention, with three locations within a 21-mile stretch of the highway receiving ranking on the American Transportation Research Institute’s list of the nation’s Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks.
Stamford’s stretch of I-95 was ranked 43rd and neighboring Norwalk was ranked 47th, while the intersection of I-95 and Route 8 in Bridgeport came in at 74th. Three other Connecticut bottleneck junctions were also cited: Hartford’s intersection of I-84 and I-91 was 14th, New Haven’s intersection of I-95 and I-91 placed 56th and the Waterbury crossing of I-84 and Route 8 was 64th.
“ATRI’s annual analysis is an excellent barometer of the value of highway investment,” said Motor Transport Association of Connecticut President Joe Sculley. “The New Haven location, number 56 on this year’s list (which used 2017 data), dropped 12 places from last year’s list (which used 2016 data) after the complete implementation of the I-95/I-91 interchange and Q Bridge construction. The data show that highway investment equals improved freight flow for all the goods that Connecticut citizens demand on a daily basis.”
Across the New York border, the interaction of I-95 and I-287 in Rye was the only Westchester location on the list, coming in at 83rd. I-95 was also the location of the top ranked spot for excessive congestion at Fort Lee, New Jersey