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July 2, 2003 06:00 AM

Broken: Dangerous intersections

Found on the State Farm site: the 10 most dangerous intersections in the U.S. Photos aren't as damning as you might expect, but I'd guess their list is accurate, since they have data on where the most crashes occur.
(Click the image to zoom in.)


Maybe it has more to do with the drivers in the area than the actual intersection? (note that two at the top are in Philly ;-) Seriously, though, if you look at these top 10 intersections, it appears that they involve straight multi-lane, divided roads which presumably means high speed limits and long lights where people are tempted to run them without realising the distance it takes to stop in combination with several left-turning cars stuck in the verge waiting for the light to turn....

Posted by: Charlie Richmond at November 6, 2003 08:23 AM

Those intersections aren't well represented by their photos. Roosevelt Boulevard is a twelve lane highway (two groups of three lanes, with a total of six lanes in each direction). Red Lion road is a fairly high volume cross street. This leads to two fairly common conditions:

1) People attempting to cross all twelve lanes, but only succeeding in crossing six before the light goes red... they then attempt to make the last six and bad things happen.

2) People who are unfamiliar with the setup of Roosevelt Boulevard make a left turn into the second set of 3 lanes.... which puts them in opposing traffic. Something that, at night, might not be noticed for another half a block.

Sometimes dangerous intersections don't seem dangerous until you've watched them in action.

Posted by: Kevin Way at November 6, 2003 01:23 PM

By the way, the #1 intersection "Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard" is near where I live.

The picture looks innocent enough, but it's an intersection right next to a very very busy mall, and very close to a large "century village" retirement area.

I hear the intersection mentioned on the traffic radio nearly every single evening on my way home from work.

Posted by: Josef at November 6, 2003 04:37 PM

Lol, this being a this is broken site, i just thought it was funny if I pointed out that the link on this article goes to the page with a picture of that intersection. Under the picture it says "click to see smaller image" - thanks a lot webmasters....

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Posted by: Billy T at July 16, 2004 01:56 PM

Check out this broken intersection!

Posted by: a bum at November 29, 2004 11:08 PM

Hopefully a bum realizes that he is sharing a photograph of a work of art, not an actual intersection robot.

Posted by: Brian at March 15, 2005 03:09 PM

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