The Triangle Business Journal this week published a database online showing the intersections in the Bull City and the region where the greatest number of vehicular crashes takes place.
Unsurprisingly, the truly crash-averse would do well to stay away from interstate highways, or at least their off-ramps; the I-40/Fayetteville Rd. intersection near Southpoint has had more crashes than any other in the county from 2007 through 2009. And most of the I-40 and I-85 intersections show up in some way, shape or form.
But there's plenty of interesting outcomes in the TBJ's findings, too.
As the map below shows, North Durham -- including the Roxboro/Avondale retail conglomeration, and many of NorDur's thoroughfare corridors near shopping centers -- shows up disproportionately on the crash list.
(The ten most crash-prone intersections appear with red circles; eleventh through twentieth place are marked in orange.)
Club and Roxboro -- a terrible intersection for four-wheel, two-wheel and two-foot crossers alike -- was surprisingly close to I-40/Fayetteville, showing 116 accidents in the three-year epoch, versus 138 at Fayetteville and I-40.
Add in #3 "winner" I-85 and Roxboro (93 crashes), the #4 Old Oxford/Roxboro intersection (91 crashes), and the sixteenth-place Avondale/Foushee and Avondale/I-85 spots (63 crashes apiece) and, well, you've got way more bad motor mojo happening in a relatively moribund retail corridor than you have at Durham's busiest mall.
Similarly, the oft-hated 15-501 corridor doesn't show up hardly anywhere on the top-crashes list, save for a #9 placement for Garrett Rd. and 15-501 where the bypass slows to a traffic light. Duke/Horton, I-85/Guess and Club/Gregson near Northgate are all more crash-prone.
We wonder whether some of the crashes around I-85 resulted from the widening project on the highway -- but that largely ended in late 2006, with just wrap-up going into spring 2007.
If you discount the fact that some of the interstate corridor crashes happened on the highways themselves, you have to look at the Roxboro Rd. problems -- and those on Horton at Duke and Guess, and the Junction Rd./Holloway and Alston/Holloway intersections -- and ask, what is it that makes those parts of town so much more likely to see crashes.
So much more troublesome, even, than the high-volume roads like 15-501 that carry tens of thousands of vehicles along?