Not a single Delaware County intersection was ranked in the top 40 in terms of the number of crashes from 2012 to 2014, according to a Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission study.
The study, which included all of Franklin and Delaware counties and small portions of Union, Licking, Fairfield and Madison counties, found that nearly all of the most dangerous intersections in central Ohio area in the city of Columbus.
“Obviously this is a list that no one wants to be on, but I applaud MORPC for their efforts to compile this list,” said Rob Riley, Delaware County’s chief deputy engineer. “It is very helpful for public agencies to have this information in order to prioritize funding and develop projects to address these problems.”
The most crash-prone intersection in Delaware County, according to the study, is the intersection of Sandusky Street and East William Street in the city of Delaware. Over the three-year period of the study, 81 crashes occurred at the intersection, six of which led to injuries.
Lee Yoakum, spokesman for the city, said the intersection has a traffic volume of about 35,000 vehicles a day.
“It isn’t completely surprising that an intersection with a high volume of traffic would have a high volume of traffic crashes,” he said.
Yoakum said the number of businesses and ingress and egress points in the area lead to the high number of crashes at the intersection. He also pointed out that any accident occurring close to an intersection is generally attributed to that intersection.
City leaders, he said, will look to address the intersection in short-term and long-term planning “whether that’s adding to our traffic network and providing alternatives to these highly traveled areas of the city.”
In the time period the study covered, the second most crashes occurred at he intersection of Polaris Parkway and Worthington Road, which is maintained by the city of Westerville. Fifty-nine crashes occurred over the three-year period, including 11 resulting in injury.
The third most crash-prone intersection is just a stone’s throw away from the top spot, at West William Street and Liberty Street. Forty-one accidents occurred there between 2012 and 2014. Five led to injuries.
There were 31 crashes at both the intersections of Cottswold Drive and U.S. 23 in the city of Delaware and East Orange Road and South Old State Road, which are county-maintained.
“While none of the Top 40 worst intersections are in Delaware County, we are still aggressively pursuing improvements to the worst intersections that are in Delaware County,” said Riley. “Some of those intersections include Old State and Powell Road, Old State and Orange Road, and Old State and Candlelite Lane, all of which will be improved by the planned South Old State Road project we will begin construction on next year.”
A county-maintained intersection also tied with a city-maintained intersection for the sixth most crash-prone. There were 29 crashes at North Sandusky Street and West Central Avenue, along with 29 at East Powell Road and South Old State Road.
The top crash-prone intersections in other jurisdictions were as follows:
Powell — Between 2012 and 2014, there were 25 crashes – seven involving injuries – at the intersection of Liberty Street and Powell Road, nearly doubling the number of crashes over the same period of time at the intersection of Galloway Drive and Sawmill Parkway.
Ashley — Just three accidents occurred at the intersection of North Harrison Street and East High Street. None resulted in injuries.
Galena — Galena’s most crash-prone intersection over the three-year period was at South Galena Road and State Route 3. There were 17 crashes over the time period, four of which resulted in injuries.
Sunbury — Twenty-five crashes occurred at the intersection of West Cherry Street and U.S. 36. Four resulted in injuries.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.