Heavy haul trucking companies are among the most frequent users of many of the highway corridors that cross the country. Information from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that highways receive the most traffic from freight lines. The FHWA also tracks which highways have 8,500 trucks use them on a daily basis. They chose this number because 8,500 is the daily number of trucks needed to move 50 million tons of cargo in a year.
Heavy haul trucking companies and independent truckers carry as much as 60% of the freight transported across the United States. This is a staggering amount of cargo to move around, and many people are totally unaware of the logistical challenges presented by making this movement a possibility. What’s more, all of this cargo is transferred using relatively few roadways.
Most Popular Routes for Heavy Cargo
Heavy haul trucking companies know which routes are the most efficient ones to take to deliver cargo from one side of the country to another. These are the routes that, according to the FHWA, carry at least 50 million tons of cargo on a yearly basis:
For East to West traffic:I-80, I-90, I-81, I-10, I-85, I-43, I-94
For North to South traffic: I-75, I-35, I-45
I-5 and SH 99 handle extensive amounts of cargo in California specifically.
These roadways are expansive, so the entire highway does not necessarily see incredible numbers of cargo traffic every single day. Many of the stretches of these highways that receive the densest traffic are concentrated around and in between major cities. Other stretches remain relatively sparse. This setup makes sense because moving items into the Midwest is easiest by road, but a lot of cargo coming to the coasts arrives by water. Nevertheless, heavy haul trucking companies are able to navigate around the dense traffic and traverse the great distances between areas on the highways.
Contact a Heavy Haul Trucking Company
Heavy haul trucking requires a deep knowledge of the infrastructure and trends in cargo traffic to operate efficiently and at scale. At LTA Logistics, we have over 55 years of combined experience operating a heavy haul trucking company. With experience comes the knowledge of how to move a variety of cargo with great efficiency and minimal expense. To speak with one of our heavy haul trucking experts, contact us at (888) 502-0582.