A fatal accident occurred at East Broad Street and James Road last August when a car crashed into a COTA bus stop, killing a woman waiting there. (Photo by Kyle Robertson)
Drivers should take extra precaution when driving through a couple of East Side intersections, according to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
MORPC recently released its list of top 100 high-crash intersections, and the crossroads at Broad Street and James Road topped the list, replacing East Livingston Avenue at Hamilton Road, which topped the list last year, and finished second this year.
"These annual high-crash location lists allow us to monitor where most crashes occur and where people get hurt so we can work with our local and state partners in identifying engineering, educational, and enforcement measures that can reduce crashes," MORPC director of planning and environment Kerstin Carr was quoted as saying in a release.
The top 100 intersections are ranked based on a formula that considers number of crashes, traffic volume and severity between the years 2013 and 2015, and not just total crashes. The intersection with the most crashes in the city-nearly 100 more than any of the other top-10 most-dangerous intersections, was Cleveland Avenue at Morse Road. Vehicles collided there 268 times, with two fatalities and three serious injuries between 2013 and 2015. It's also one the busiest intersection in the city. It ranked fourth on MORPC's list.
The busiest intersection in Central Ohio, according to MORPC stats, is at East Broad Street and Taylor Station Road, near Mount Carmel East, with 76,500 vehicles crossing it daily. Yet there were no fatalities and only one serious injury that occurred there in the past three years among its 123 crashes.
The 10 most dangerous intersections, as identified by MORPC are:Broad Street/SR 16 at James Road E Livingston Avenue at Hamilton Road/SR 317 Dublin Granville Road/SR 161 at Maple Canyon Drive Cleveland Avenue at Morse Road Broad Street/SR 16 at Lancaster Ave/Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road Oakland Park Avenue at Westerville Road/SR 3 Morse Road at Northtowne Blvd./Walford Street Cleveland Avenue at Innis Road Cleveland Avenue at Dublin Granville Road/SR 161 Hilliard Rome Road at Roberts Road
To view the entire list of 100 high-crash intersections, click here.