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US 20 at Beam and Wagner among most hazardous intersections in Indiana

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Two intersections along U.S. Highway 20 in the Town of Porter are among the 110 most hazardous highway locations in the state, according to the so-called Five-Percent List released this week by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

In fact a total of eight in Porter County made that list of the 110 highway locations in Indiana which account for at least 5 percent or 267 of the 4,141 fatal and incapacitating accidents over the last three years.

INDOT is required under a federal mandate to submit a Five-Percent List every year to the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

The two intersections in Porter:

•U.S. 20 and Wagner Road, with three fatal crashes, one incapacitating injury crash, 12 non-incapacitating injury crashes, and a total of 46 crashes of all kinds. In those crashes three persons were killed and two seriously injured.

•U.S. 20 and Waverly Road, with no fatal crashes, two incapacitating injury crashes, 20 non-incapacitating injury crashes, and a total of 42 crashes of all kinds. In those crashes three persons were seriously injured.

The Five-Percent List also cites a 0.105-mile stretch of U.S. 20 immediately west of Wagner Road, still in the Town of Porter, with one fatal crash, one incapacitating injury crash, and a total of 65 crashes of all kinds. In those crashes one person was killed and one seriously injured.

The other five highway locations in Porter County:

•U.S. Highway 6 and North Calumet Ave. (Old 49) in Liberty Township, with one fatal crash, six incapacitating crash, and 81 crashes of all kinds. In those crashes one person was killed and eight seriously injured.

•U.S. Highway 20 and Samuleson Road in Portage, with no fatal crashes, two incapacitating injury crashes, and 16 crashes of all kinds. In those crashes two persons were seriously injured.

•Ind. 49 and C.R. 600S at the border of Morgan and Pleasant townships, with no fatal crashes, four incapacitating injury crashes, and 21 crashes of all kinds. In those crashes five person were seriously injured.

•Ind. 2 and C.R. 100S at the border of Porter and Boone townships, with one fatal crash, one incapacitating injury crash, and 28 crashes of all kinds. In those crashes one person was killed and one seriously injured.

Finally, the Five-Percent List cites a 0.175-mile stretch of the Indiana Toll Road immediately east of the Porter/Lake county line, with one fatal crash, three incapacitating injury crashes, and 78 crashes of all kinds. In those crashes one person was killed and four seriously injured.

Porter County’s eight highway locations account for fully 8.8 percent of all the 110 cited by the Five-Percent List. Together, Porter County and Lake County—the latter with 16 highway locations—account for a whopping 26.4 percent of the 110 most hazardous highway locations in the state.

More Numbers

•INDOT culled the 110 highway locations from a total of 69,185 reviewed.

•INDOT estimated the average cost of a property-damage only crash at $7,500; of an incapacitating injury crash at $52,900; and of a fatal crash at $1.15 million.

•Indiana sees between 190,000 to 210,000 crashes every year, with 800 to 900 fatal crashes with 900 to 950 actual fatalities; 40,000 to 45,000 personal injury crashes, with 55,000 to 60,000 persons actually injured and 3,500 of them incapacitated; and 150,000 to 160,000 property damage crashes.

 

Posted 12/7/2007