New Report Reveals Most Dangerous Intersections in Grand Junction

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Only on 11 News--new traffic tallies from the City Grand Junction show which parts of town have the most crashes.

Changing your commute could help keep you safe. The City of Grand Junction has just released its preliminary traffic report.

It points out the busiest and most dangerous roads in town.

11 News Reporter Jessica Zartler breaks down the numbers and tells us which routes you may want to avoid.

Jim Brey lives off of 30 and F ½ and while it's not the busiest intersection, he says it's no surprise it has the highest crash rate in the city.

"They've had some really bad accidents down here," Brey told 11 News on Wednesday.

Brey and his wife drive through everyday, on edge thinking they might become a statistic.

"We come awful close to getting hit a lot of times."

The intersection has had 5 crashes with only 4,300 cars passing through everyday.

Compare that to the almost 39,000 that drive through 25 Road and Highway six and 50 but with 15 crashes, that intersection came in with the highest number of accidents.

And talking sheer volume.--12th and North got the green light for most cars passing through in a 24 hour period with a whopping 54,000. It's also has the second highest number of accidents.

City Engineer Jody Kliska says crunching numbers may sound like a chore to some but it's those numbers that can make a difference between life and death.

"We actually view the accident's as they come in during the years as well as doing a compilation at the end of each year, looking for patterns and things that we can fix," Kliska told 11 News on Wednesday.

She says engineering for better traffic flow can cut down on accidents.

"We're constantly looking at how we can keep it operating as good as possible."

Traffic engineers saw Jim Brey's neighborhood could use some improvement--that's why they installed a four way stop there, something Brey's hoping will cut down on the number of crashes.

But he's waiting to see next years numbers and keeping an eye on other drivers.

According to the traffic report most crashes happened during the day, in dry and clear weather.

Intersections with Highest Crash Rate (considers crashes by volume of traffic):

1. 30 Road & F 1/2 Road
2. 30 Road & D Road
3. 24 Road & G Road
4. Exit 26 & State Highway 50
5. 4th Street & Grand Avenue

Intersections with Highest Number of Crashes:

1. 25 Road & Highway Six and 50
2. 12th Street & North Avenue
3. 5th Street & Pitkin Avenue
4. 1st Street & Grand Avenue
5. Four Way Tie:
-28 3/4 Road & North Avenue
-Highway Six and 50 & Independent Avenue
-7th Street & North Avenue
-12th Street * Patterson Road

Intersections with Highest Volume of Traffic:

1. 12th Street & North Avenue
2. 1st Street & Grand Avenue
3. 12th Street & Patterson Road
4. 7th Street & North Avenue
5. 5th Street & Pitkin Avenue

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