Update: Denver's Eight Most Dangerous Intersections
Back in 2009, our Alan Prendergast assembled the definitive list of Denver's eight worst intersections.
And according to more recent information assembled by the McDivitt Law Firm, many of them haven't improved since then — although the rankings are in a different order.
Look below to count down the top — or perhaps we should say "bottom" — eight.
Each selection is accompanied by an interactive graphic featuring the location; if you have problems seeing the images, click "View on Google Maps." The original McDivitt post can be found here.
Number 8: Monaco Parkway and Hampden Avenue
A handful of local strip malls and a popular I-25 exit make this intersection dreadful, and it’s often congested even on weekends.
Number 7: Colorado Boulevard and 6th Avenue
This intersection provides a connecting thoroughfare to several other major intersections, which means it quickly gets choked off by traffic. More than 18,000 vehicles cross this intersection during rush hour every day.
Number 6: Colorado Boulevard and Mexico Avenue
Traffic from I-25 conspires with shoppers at local big box stores to result in a traffic nightmare. Particularly during peak shopping hours – lunch time and after work – this intersection can become a serious mess.
Number 5: University Boulevard and 1st Avenue
This intersection almost never sees a break from a constant stream of traffic. Most traffic experts rank this as the single most dangerous and highly trafficked intersection in Colorado. Avoid it at all costs if you can.
Number 4: University Boulevard and Hampden Avenue
This path used to be an alternate route, but as it is used by more and more commuters, it becomes more dangerous and congested. Commuters traversing this area have had little luck finding a better alternative, yielding a bevy of frustrated and angry drivers.
Number 3: Colorado Boulevard and Alameda Avenue
This intersection is vulnerable to a near-constant influx of vehicles. More than 19,000 cars pass through this intersection at peak travel times.
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Number 2: Colorado Boulevard and Hampden Avenue
Suburban commuters and a local golf course make this area a popular one. At peak traffic times, there are nearly 20,000 cars traversing the areas.
Number 1: Colorado Boulevard and 17th Avenue
The constant influx of commuter traffic conspires with traffic from the zoo to yield a mess that often gives way to dangerous accidents. Like several other dangerous intersections, this locale is home to nearly 20,000 vehicles during peak rush hour times.
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