|New report details crash-prone intersections|
|Tuesday, 14 August 2012 15:39|
That's why they've analyzed 3 years worth of crash data making a list of the top intersections where crashes are most likely to occur. RC City Engineer Dale Tech says, "Based on the statistical tools that we used for the study, we determined that certain intersections had a higher crash incidence than others. That doesn't necessarily make them more dangerous than others, just more crashes occur there."
Troubled intersections include St. Patrick and St. Joseph streets and the intersection of Omaha and West Boulevard. Topping the list is the intersection of Mount Rushmore Road and Main Street. Tech says, "Based on the lane configurations there and the habits of drivers following other drivers' leads, along with the dual turn lanes, there causes a higher incidence of crashes than what you would expect at another intersection." Tech says his department's recommendation would be to add more signage in and around the intersection to help curb further incidents.
The Public Works Committee heard the report Tuesday afternoon approving recommendations made for the most at risk intersections. Tech says, "The action taken was to acknowledge the report and also to implement the recommendations for the majority of the intersections where there was a recommendation to implement some sort of treatment to help possible reduce crashes." On top of increased signage in some areas recommendations also include reviewing traffic signal timing and adding protected turn lanes to certain intersections. Those will go before the full City Council for approval.