Ottawa Street and Homer Watson Boulevard in Kitchener has topped the region’s most dangerous intersection report for the second consecutive year.

The report helps identify problem roads throughout the region. It found that crashes in the intersection had nearly doubled over a five year period from 100 to 200.
 
The intersection sees around 60,000 vehicles pass through per day, making it not only the most dangerous, but the busiest.

To help with traffic volume and the number of collisions, the region is looking to put in a three-lane roundabout in that location that will be completed by 2015.

Second on the list was King Street and Fountain Street in Cambridge and third is University Avenue between Regina Street and Weber Street in Waterloo.

Bob Henderson, Manager of Transportation Engineering tells 570 News that the report can predict crashes using collision data which can determine what intersections are the most dangerous.

“Knowing the five year history of all of the locations, we have a very comprehensive collision database, we can predict what the average number of collisions will be over a five year period and we can then rank each intersection accordingly.”

There have been some new additions to collision report this year.

King Street at University Avenue in Waterloo rose from 13 to 6, Franklin Boulevard at Elgin Street and Saginaw Parkway in Cambridge is in at 8 and Homer Watson at Manitou Drive rounded out the list at 10, originally sitting at 23 in last years report.

Also in the report, the number of collision with cyclists have dropped from 142 in 2010 and 104 in 2011. But the number of pedestrians collisions have increased. Henderson says that the region is working on educating pedestrians on safety at intersections.

“We are planning to do an education piece on raising awareness for pedestrians in the coming months.”

Bellow are the top ten most dangerous intersections in the region:


 Rank  Location / Municipality
 Five Year Collisions 2011
 2010 Actual
 Expected Difference
1 OTTAWA ST AT HOMER WATSON BLVD KIT 200 101 99
2 KING ST AT FOUNTAIN ST CAM 116 31 85
3 UNIVERSITY AVE BTWN Regina AND WEBER WAT 81 19 62
 4 FRANKLIN BLVD AT CAN-AMERA PKWY CAM  133  74  59
 5 COURTLAND AVE/FAIRWAY RD AT MANITOU DR KIT  104  45  59
 6 KING ST AT UNIVERSITY AVE WAT  121  66  55
 7 EAGLE ST BTWN HESPELER & Industrial CAM  74  19  55
 8 FRANKLIN BLVD AT ELGIN ST/SAGINAW PKWY CAM   120  70  50
 9 KING ST AT FAIRWAY RD KIT  105  57  48
 10 HOMER WATSON BLVD at MANITOU/DOON VILLAGE RD KIT  117  73  44


Casey.MacDonald@rci.rogers.com