City responds to inquiries about dangerous intersections

Posted at: 04/15/2013 6:55 PM
Updated at: 04/15/2013 6:57 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Tens of thousands of people drive through most major intersections across the city every day.  As the number of cars increase, so do the number of crashes. But city officials said there is only so much they can do.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 looked into concerns about Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch last week, and Monday got answers from the city.

Alongside the speeding cars and traffic congestion at Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch rests a memorial for 21 year-old Ashley Browder.  She was hit and killed after APD Sgt. Adam Casaus crashed into the car her sister Lindsay was driving, but it is a memorial some said also sends a message to the city that something needs to be done to help improve the intersection.

"We've gotten complaints about timing on the intersection, about wanting to have a left turn phase there," Michael Riordan, director of municipal development for the city, said.  "We have looked at some issues to try and improve the intersection."

Authorities said there have been 32 crashes at Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch in the last year.

Mechanic Roy Stewart was another on the list just a few weeks ago.

"Ran right into me, never saw me," Stewart said, as he described his crash.

But the Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch intersection is not the worst.  Instead, San Mateo and Montgomery tends to have more problems.

"You do have four million entering vehicles, and that has a higher crash rate than any of our other intersections around the city," Riordan said.

Blind spots and incline aside in the northwest, it has all been looked at.

"Engineering wise, those grades were at the highest they should be for an intersection like that, those speed limits were set based on those conditions," Riordan said.  "Safe driving is going to be the number one resolve for any issue we have out there."

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