Whittlesey-League is city’s worst intersection

For the first time in five years, the intersection of Main and West streets was one of the top five sites in Norwalk with the most crashes. Main and West streets ranks third with six. And for the second time in three years, the intersection of Whittlesey Avenue and League Street had the most accidents. There were 11 last year, the same amount in 2005.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

For the first time in five years, the intersection of Main and West streets was one of the top five sites in Norwalk with the most crashes. Main and West streets ranks third with six.

And for the second time in three years, the intersection of Whittlesey Avenue and League Street had the most accidents. There were 11 last year, the same amount in 2005.

Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen pointed out there were six crashes at the intersection in 2006. He attributed the spring 2007 intersection redesign to being the difference.

"People had to get used to a new traffic pattern," he said. "We have the improvement, so let's see what happens in '08."

Those improvements include making the intersection wider, adding one turn lane and, as Cashen said: "better lanes of travel of traffic flow."

Tied for second with the most crashes were: Main Street-Whittlesey Avenue-Benedict Avenue; and Milan and Gallup avenues with seven. Main and West streets ranks third with six crashes. There were five each at the last two intersections: Cleveland-Old State roads and Whittlesey Avenue and Washington Street.

The Cleveland and Old State roads intersection was the top ranking site in 2006 with nine. Annual police reports indicate the same location had the most crashes in 2004, again with nine.

In 2007, Cashen said officials added "stop bars" at the intersection to give the motorists a better view of their surroundings as well as flashing stop signs to draw attention to the stop sign. He believes those improvements are directly related to the intersection having four fewer crashes between 2006 and 2007.

Many residents wanted the city to add a traffic light, which Cashen said would have been very expensive.

"We decided to try this first to see if it helped the number of crashes," he explained.

Cashen couldn't remember the Whittlesey Avenue and Washington Street intersection ever having the most crashes. He believes the nearby improvements have increased the traffic on Whittlesey.

"I think that accounts for that intersection," the chief said.

Cashen was most proud of there being no fatalities last year something he wants to see repeated this year. There was one each in 2005 and 2006 and none the previous three years.

"The fatalities we've experienced in Norwalk have been (due to) driver error or bad luck or a combination of both," Cashen said.

PULL-OUT BOXES:

Total traffic crashes

2007 2006 2005

Street crashes 362 389 368

Private property 42 27 46

Pedestrian 6 2 3

Injury crashes

2007 2006 2005

Number of crashes 71 68 63

Number of injuries 93 94 89

Comments

Tom (Anonymous)

The number of accidents on Main are probably due to the poor timing of the traffic lights. There is no flow control setup whatsoever. You see almost all the lights change simultaneously, leading some motorist to accelerate rapidly in an attempt to make it through Main street without catching a red light. They should be timed to control traffic, not to obstruct it.

Gee how long di...

figure that one out. We have known it for years you can never get out of my grandparents driveway now that Walgreens is there and because they can turn right on red there also. We complained to the city and you know how that goes.

Deer Dave,

I still think the worst intersection in town is going east on Monroe, and the light will turn green for me, but people coming down in front of the post office or Sheri's sometimes won't stop-I don't know if it's because the light in front of the fire station is blinking yellow and they assume this one should be as well or what. I've nearly been clipped at least 3 times there in the last 3 years. And I do agree that Whittlesey and League are accidents just waiting to happen. People just don't pay attention anymore or they're in a big fat hurry or they're busy talking on the phone. Seems Norwalk grows in size continously, but the streets get smaller and narrower. And the drivers just get worse and worse...

David Deerest.

Yep...that's what I think...lol

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