Cuyahoga County’s most dangerous intersections: most in Cleveland, a few in Mayfield Heights
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The 10 most dangerous intersections in Cuyahoga County are split between Mayfield Heights and Cleveland — all on the east side.
State Highway Patrol provided cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer with data showing where the most dangerous intersections are in six northeast Ohio counties.
The Cleveland intersections listed below experience heavy traffic throughout the day, said Cleveland Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia.
“The City of Cleveland conducts regular analysis of vehicle traffic on both main and neighborhood streets,” she said. “The roads and intersections with higher vehicle traffic will have a higher number of motor vehicle accidents due to the increased volume of vehicles on the road.
The department conducts traffic stops to remind drivers of the city’s traffic ordinances, she said, citing violations when necessary.
Drivers are reminded that everyone has a responsibility to keep the roads safe and to follow safe driving rules and regulations, Ciaccia said.
Mayfield Heights Police Chief Anthony Mele said he’s not surprised that some of the city’s intersections are high on the list.
“According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, about 80,000 vehicles cross the intersection of Mayfield Road and SOM Center Road every day,” he said. It’s a pipeline to the suburbs of Geauga County. Our daytime population is almost tripling because of our large shopping malls, Hillcrest Hospital and our corporate offices.”
Police typically see minor fender flares at these spots due to “careless driving,” Mele said.
“Accidents on the freeway ramps are almost always due to people looking left to see if the traffic is clear so they can turn right on a red light and thinking the car in front of them has already turned,” he said he. “They move forward without looking ahead and hit the car that hasn’t turned yet.”
Mayfield Heights Police regularly have a heavy presence in the areas of these intersections, enforcing traffic violations such as improper lane changing and failure to stop completely before turning right on red, Mele said.
The department’s goal is to get drivers to change their bad habits, which can be the cause of some of the accidents, he said.
“ODOT has also helped reduce the number of accidents in these areas in recent years by redesigning the lanes at the intersection of Mayfield Road and SOM Center Road to reduce congestion,” he said. “Our crashes in this area are about 20% lower than they were 10 years ago.”
Here is the list for Cuyahoga County:
1.) Kinsman Road at East 93rd Street, Cleveland: (55 accidents, no fatalities, 1 seriously injured, 6 slightly injured)
2.) Harvard Avenue at Lee Road, Cleveland: (54 accidents, no deaths, 3 seriously injured, 5 slightly injured)
3.) Kinsman Road at East 55th Street and Woodland Avenue, Cleveland: (53 accidents, no fatalities, 1 seriously injured, 4 slightly injured)
4.) Mayfield Road at SOM Center Road, Mayfield Heights: (49 accidents, no dead, no seriously injured, 3 slightly injured)
5.) Pearl Road at Denison Avenue, Cleveland (44 accidents, no dead, no seriously injured, 6 slightly injured)
6.) Mayfield Road at the north ramp of Interstate 271 and Parker Drive, Mayfield Heights (44 accidents, no fatalities, no serious injuries, 3 minor injuries)
7.) St. Clair Avenue at Eddy Road, Cleveland (44 accidents, no fatalities, 6 seriously injured, 6 slightly injured)
8.) Kinsman Road at East 116th Street, Cleveland (39 accidents, no deaths, 2 seriously injured, 4 slightly injured)
9.) East 30th Street at Orange Avenue at Interstate 77 south ramp, Cleveland (38 accidents, no dead, no seriously injured, 3 slightly injured)
10.) Mayfield Road at the south ramp of Interstate 271, Mayfield Heights (36 accidents, no fatalities, no seriously injured, 2 slightly injured)
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