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May 19, 2008

Albany -- One of Albany's busiest streets is again the most dangerous intersection in the city.

Nottingham Way and Westover Boulevard tops the list for the 7th straight year.

In fact six of the ten most dangerous intersections are within one mile of the Albany Mall.

Drivers like Crystal Keen are not surprised that Nottingham at Westover is once again the most dangerous intersection in Dougherty County.

Keen said "No , not really, because people speed through here so fast."

Forty-thousand cars a day go through this intersection.  To give you an idea of how much traffic that is, there are only 87,000 registerd cars  in Dougherty County. And it's getting worse, because the number of cars on Albany streets is increasing.

Albany Safe Communities Coordinator Michele DeMott said "our traffic volume is increasing. Our average daily traffic numbers are increasing."

Albany Safe Communities compiled all the traffic information, comparing the number of crashes, number of people injured, and traffic numbers to make the top ten most dangerous. And most are Northwest Albany's shopping district.

DeMott said "within a mile of the Mall. Nottingham at Westover, Dawson at Westover, Old Dawson at Westover, Dawson at Pointe North, Meredyth at Westover. So you are looking at a very congested area."

2007 saw 12 percent fewer crashes on Dougherty County roads, 17 percent fewer crashes with injuries, and 38 percent fewer resulting in serious injuries. Even with more cars on Albany roads, studies show it is safer.

DeMott said "we've made tremendous progress, and we are going to keep on working on it."

Safety audits will resume in two weeks, using data to study intersections like Westover and Nottingham, to see if they can be improved.

One motorist said Nottingham at Westover was "kind of scary. I think we need a little work, here. Yea."

Planning is already underway to extend Westover Road, and relieve the amount of traffic on Nottingham Way, but until then it remains the most dangerous intersection in Dougherty County.

The most common crash in Albany continues to be the rear-ender, suggesting that distracted driving, like cell phone use, could be a common cause of crashes.

  • The Top Ten List of Most Dangerous Intersections
  1. Nottingham Way at Westover Boulevard
  2. Liberty Bypass EB Off Ramp at Jefferson Street
  3. Meredyth Drive at Westover Boulevard
  4. Palmyra Road at Stuart Avenue
  5. Dawson Road at Westover Boulevard
  6. Ogelthorpe Boulevard at Radium Springs Road
  7. Mock Road at Ogelthorpe Boulevard
  8. Dawson Road at Whispering Pines Road
  9. Dawson Road at Stuart Avenue
  10. Clark Avenue at Turner Field Road.

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