With thousands of businesses and nearly a million people, Milwaukee County is a place of hustle and bustle. Every year there are thousands of car crashes. In the past, we’ve talked about the recent car accident trends in Milwaukee County. Now, we will identify the 10 most dangerous intersections. The following 10 intersections were found to be the most dangerous based on data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) from 2010-2015.
1. Capitol Dr W – 35th St N
- Number of Accidents: 136
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 104
The intersection of Capitol Drive W and 35th Street North is considered to be one of the most complex intersections in Milwaukee county due to both ways of traffic having mutliple lanes, a merging lane from 35th to Capitol, and the complex merging lanes from Roosevelt Drive onto Capitol.
2. Port Washington Rd N – Silver Spring Dr W
- Number of Accidents: 136
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 74
The intersection of Port Washington Road North and Silver Spring Drive West is extremely dangerous due to the fact that it is the intersection outside of the Bayshore Town Square Mall. This is one of the biggest malls in Milwaukee County and is also closely located to the on and off-ramps of I-43. Be especially careful in this are during the holidays and back-to-school when the mall is the most popular.
3. N Mafair Rd – W North Ave
- Number of Accidents: 128
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 65
The intersection of North Mayfair Road and West North Avenue is extremely dangerous due to the fact that is the main intersection for traffic going to and coming from the Mayfair Mall. Once again, traffic here is much heavier during back-to-school and the holidays, so be sure to exercise extra caution during these times.
4. 27th Street N – Center Street W
- Number of Accidents: 122
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 102
The intersection of 27th Street North and Center Street West is actually quite dangerous due to fact that West Fond Du Lac Avenue runs at a diagonal line through BOTH intersections. This creates quite a bit of confusion in high traffic situations and the presence of accidents only makes it worse.
5. Fond Du Lac Ave W – Capitol Dr W
- Number of Accidents: 113
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 75
The intersection of Fond Du Lac Avenue West and Capitol Drive West is one of the best dangerous intersections in Milwaukee County due to the fact that both of these streets are two of the largest and busest streets in the county, so when they intersect, problems often occur.
6. 108th St S – Lincoln Ave W
- Number of Accidents: 105
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 72
The intersection of 108th Street South and Lincoln Avenue West presents plenty of dangers with multiple lanes, double merging lanes, and three bus stops being located neear traffic lights. This combined with high traffic volumes throughout the day make this an extemely dangerous intersection.
7. 35th St N – Center St W
- Number of Accidents: 101
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 96
On paper, the intersection of 35th Street North and Center Street West looks quite tame, but fading lane lines, bus stops, and bike lanes make this intersection very dangerous at times of high traffic.
8. Lincoln Ave W – 76th St S
- Number of Accidents: 100
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 54
Much like the previous intersection, the intersection of Lincoln Avenue West and 76th Street South seems pretty tame at first, but bus stops, multiple gas stations, and poor line-of-sight make this intersection dangerous for unwary drivers.
9. 108th St S – National Ave W
- Number of Accidents: 99
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 53
With over sixteen lanes intersecting, the intersection of 108th Street and National Avenue West has plenty of chances for accidents to occur. This combined with a plethora of nearby food and shopping opportunites makes this intersection very dangerous at all times of the day.
10. S Howell Ave – Drexel Ave
- Number of Accidents: 97
- Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 27
The intersection of Howell Avenue and Drexel Avenue is much like the previous intersection in that fact that is made up of many lanes and is surrounded by multiple shopping centers. This intersection also includes some interesting merging lanes that create very dangerous circumstances for drivers who are not paying attention.