Where Norfolk Car Accidents Are Most Likely to Occur
We expect roads to be designed safely but in some cases poor planning and high levels of congestion cause dangers and wrecks. In any list of where Norfolk car accidents are likely to occur, the intersection between Interstate 64 and Interstate 264 features.
This chaotic intersection was recently highlighted as the worst traffic interchange in the state of Virginia.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Norfolk car accidents are most likely to occur here.
An analysis released in 2014 by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization listed the potential for cutting accidents at hundreds of locations and suggested possible fixes for the highest-ranking intersections and freeways.
Norfolk car accidents - the I-64/I-264 interchange is the most dangerous place
Sam Belfield, an author of the study, said the research would help cities to apply for funding for road improvements by highlighting where the cash can make an important difference.
Eastbound Interstate 64 from Northampton Boulevard to Interstate 264, has been the most notorious stretch of road for crashes for some time.
The traffic analysis found this segment had about 127 more accidents per year than is should have, given the number of lanes, traffic volumes, and other criteria. For instance, in 2012, it experienced 221 accidents including 73 with injuries.
Tailgating – a Major Cause of Norfolk Car Accidents
Norfolk car accidents at this intersection were more likely to be caused by tailgating, according to the report. This driver behavior was reported in just over 70 percent of all crashes between 2009 and 2012, contrasted with a regional freeway average of 46 percent.
Following another vehicle too closely is especially hazardous at this intersection because the road curves over Virginia Beach Boulevard. It is often difficult for drivers to tell when traffic has backed up from the I-264 on-ramp, the study stated.
The intersection is the second busiest in the state of Virginia. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently working on changes to improve safety over a four-mile stretch of road.
The project at the I-64/Northampton Boulevard intersection will modify the off-ramp to Northampton Boulevard from I-64 and increase the length of the acceleration lane from Northampton Boulevard to I-64 West.
The 2014 study found five Virginia Beach intersections were featured in a list of top 10 spots with the most potential for safety improvement.
Holland Road at Rosemont Road was the most dangerous intersection in the city. It recorded nearly 28 more crashes per year than it should see. The city has earmarked money for a capital improvement project, according to the study.
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