Raleigh works to make dangerous intersections safer


So what makes these roads so dangerous, and what does the city do about it?

Would you even know if you lived or had to drive through one of the most hazardous intersections in the city?

Joe Black works off Duraleigh and Pleasant Valley Roads, which is the fourth most hazardous location in Raleigh.

"Working here, you know it's dangerous," said Black. "So you take your time whenever you're turning out of here, but for those that don't know, it could be trouble. A lot of people just get creamed."

"The high hazard location list is comprised of a matrix of high crash data," said transportation engineer Jed Niffenegger. "It looks at property damage, severity of injuries or fatalities, frequency. Anytime a crash happens, police are called. Crashes are categorized."

The intersection of Poole and New Hope Road in Raleigh tops the dangerous list.

Poole Road's intersection with Interstate 440 comes in second.

Glenwood Avenue at Lumley Road is third.

Starting Thursday, hundreds of thousands of people will start heading to the fairgrounds. Many will drive through the fifth most hazardous location in Raleigh, which is Wade Avenue and Edwards Mill Road.

The city goes down its hazardous list and looks at traffic patterns and crashes to determine if traffic lights and signs can make a location safer.

"We try to be as proactive as possible," said Niffenegger.

However, engineers say even with extra protections it's impossible to predict human behavior. So it's up to drivers to be safe.

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