5 Most Dangerous Intersections in Evansville to Avoid this Winter
As they say on Game of Thrones, "Winter is Coming," meaning the Tri-State will no doubt see some snow and ice at some point over the coming months. When it happens, there are several intersections in Evansville you'll want to avoid, if possible. Here are the five were an accident is likely to happen.
The information below was provided by Evansville Police Sergeant Scott Hurt in cooperation with Central Records Specialist, Jen Savage, and uses the number accidents that took place at each intersection from January 1st, 2016 until November 21st, 2016 to determine their danger level.
1. Lynch and Green River Road - 34 Accidents
As more and more businesses make their way north on Green River Road, and Lynch being a convenient connection between Highway 41 and Interstate 69, the increase of traffic at this intersection was inevitable. The width of the intersection also doesn't leave drivers much time to try and "beat the light."
2. Lloyd Expressway and Burkhardt Road - 34 Accidents
Tied for the most accidents is one my least favorite, yet necessary intersections in the entire city. The Walmart, Best Buy, and Target complexes are popular shopping destinations which leads to a nearly constant flow of heavy traffic. The close proximity of the stoplight to enter the Best Buy and Walmart complexes just north of the intersection of leaves cars trying to head north on Burkhardt stranded in the middle of the intersection.
3. 800 Green River Rd (Eastland Mall parking lot) - 30 Accidents
Noticing a pattern here? The top three intersections are all associated with popular shopping areas. The east side of town has always been a popular shopping destination and often has bumper-to-bumper traffic up and down both Green River Road and Burkhardt.
4. Lloyd Expressway and Green River Road - 30 Accidents
Traffic down this stretch of road has always been heavy for as long as I can remember. The long turn lanes for traffic trying to go north and south on Green River off the Lloyd's exit ramps don't help.
5. Highway 41 and Lynch Road - 27 Accidents
Again, Lynch is a convenient way for drivers on the north side to get to the east side and Newburgh without having to deal with the Lloyd Expressway, as more and more residents learn this, more and more traffic develops. Another longer intersection where drivers may be tempted to beat the light, but can't get through before the change.
Other Dangerous Intersections Outside the Top 5
26 accidents - 3700 Washington Av (St Mary’s Hospital)
26 accidents - Lloyd Expressway and Vann Avenue
25 accidents - Lloyd Expressway and Cross Pointe Boulevard
23 accidents - Green River Road and Virginia Street
23 accidents - Morgan Avenue and Burkhardt Road
22 accidents - 401 Burkhardt Road (Walmart East parking lot)
22 accidents - Burkhardt Road and Virginia Street
22 accidents - Morgan and Green River Road
22 accidents - Highway 41 and East Virginia Street
22 accidents - Washington Avenue and Green River Road
21 accidents - Oak Hill Road and Lynch Road
21 accidents - Lloyd Expressway and Wabash Avenue
The following intersections were not provided by Sergeant Hurt. However, as a native of Evansville, the following two intersections are no fun on a bright, sunny day, much less on a day when they're covered in snow and/or ice.
Mill Road and Kratzville
If you're simply driving past this intersection on Kratzville, you shouldn't have much trouble. However, if you're trying to get up the hill from Mill, or attempting to go down Mill from Kratzville, it's a completely different story. Visibility to the left and right is limited thanks to the trees in the area, so you're practically taking a stab in the dark when you decide to go.
Red Bank Road and Hogue Road
Much like the Mill and Kratzville Road intersection if you're not trying to head north or south at this intersection on the west side near Golden Tower Apartments, you should be okay. However, if you're on Red Bank trying to cross over Hogue in either direction on a snowy day, best of luck to you.