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Albuquerque intersections, streets ranked based on crash data

Jen French
April 26, 2017 08:10 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Everyone has a place to go, but the ride can be bumpy if the road can’t handle the number of cars. The Mid-Region Council of Governments keeps track of crashes and congestion, and the most congested corridors and intersections aren’t always the most dangerous. 

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According to 2009-13 data compiled by MRCOG, the corridors with the highest crash rate are Montgomery Boulevard and San Mateo Boulevard. The intersections with the highest crash rates are Paseo del Norte at Coors Boulevard and Osuna Road at Pan American East.

Paseo del Norte at Coors had a total of 538 crashes from 2009-2013. Out of those, 149 resulted in an injury or fatality. Osuna Road at Pan American East had a total of 54 crashes, where 20 resulted in an injury or fatality.

Where Montgomery and San Mateo cross is the busiest intersection in the city. Hairstylist Jacqueline Garcia notices that nearly everyone there is trying to cut a corner.

"You're constantly in traffic,” Garcia said. “It never ends.”

 “Congestion is also a factor of the volume of vehicles on the road versus the capacity of the road,” added David Pennella, metropolitan planning organization administrator.

City of Albuquerque spokesperson Mark Motsko said the city has a traffic engineering division that is always looking to make improvements. What those will be will depend on further studies the city will have to conduct on its own.

"You have to do further identification to find out [what it is]," Pennella said. "Is it because it's left turn T-bone accidents? Are they pedestrian accidents? Are they right turns? What is actually the problem?"

The table below is the corridor rankings based on crash points alone, according to the Mid-Region Council of Governments. The top 15 are listed.

Rank Route Crash points
1 Montgomery Blvd. 20.83
2 San Mateo Blvd. 18.13
3 Paseo del Norte 16.32
4 Paradise Blvd. 16.00
5 Rio Bravo/Dennis Chavez Blvd. 14.29
6 Central Ave. 14.25
7 Coors Blvd. 13.44
8 Wyoming Blvd. 13.33
9 Eubank Blvd. 12.00
10 Montaño Road 11.82
11 Bridge/Cesar Chavez 11.33
12 Louisiana Blvd. 10.48
13 Arenal Road 10.00
14 Irving Blvd. 10.00
15 Second St. 9.62

Below is a map of Albuquerque's top 20 intersections with highest crash rate, 2009-13. For mobile users click here

Below is a map of Albuquerque's top 20 intersections with highest fatal/injury crash rate, 2009-13. For mobile users, click here.

Below is a map of Albuquerque's busiest intersections, 2014. For mobile users, click here.

Maps provided by Google Maps, created by J.R. Oppenheim

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