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Denver's Ten Most Dangerous Intersections Right Now

A photo from a multi-care pileup on Interstate 25 in March 2014 that killed one and injured thirty.
A photo from a multi-care pileup on Interstate 25 in March 2014 that killed one and injured thirty. Photo by Lori Midson
The ten intersections with the most accidents in Denver right now include plenty of well-traveled roadways in the metro area. If you live and work in the Mile High City, there's a good chance that you've driven through one or more of these danger zones this week.

I know I have. Indeed, several of them are on or near my daily commute to Westword's Golden Triangle office.

The information was compiled by the Denver Police Department at our request. The DPD also provided data for a March roundup of dangerous intersections — but for that post, the department focused on highway exits. This time around, the number-crunchers stuck to surface streets.

In addition to crash-stat sums for the period between January 1 and October 15 of this year, the police number-crunchers pulled together totals at the same intersections for all of 2016. As you'll see, only three of the ten intersections have been the setting for fewer crashes this year than last, even though the better part of two months remain in 2017.


Indeed, this year's most dangerous intersection to date has already registered 26 more smash-ups than in all of 2016. In contrast, the intersection in the seventh slot has the largest total for 2016 and 2017 combined: 66.

Count down the photo-illustrated list below. Note that one of the selections isn't exactly an intersection — but it's at a place you'll definitely recognize. Be careful out there.

click to enlarge North Peoria Street at East Albrook Drive. - GOOGLE MAPS
North Peoria Street at East Albrook Drive.
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Number 10: North Peoria Street/East Albrook Drive

Total from January-October 15, 2017: 23

Total from 2016: 27

Combined total: 50


click to enlarge North Lincoln Street at East Speer Boulevard. - GOOGLE MAPS
North Lincoln Street at East Speer Boulevard.
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Number 9 (tie): North Lincoln Street/East Speer Boulevard

Total from January-October 15, 2017: 25

Total from 2016: 21

Combined total: 46


click to enlarge The 8400 block of Peña Boulevard. - GOOGLE MAPS
The 8400 block of Peña Boulevard.
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Number 9 (tie): 8400 Block of Peña Boulevard

Total from January-October 15, 2017: 25

Total from 2016: 21

Combined total: 46


click to enlarge West Florida Avenue at South Federal Boulevard. - GOOGLE MAPS
West Florida Avenue at South Federal Boulevard.
Google Maps
Number 7: West Florida Avenue/South Federal Boulevard

Total from January-October 15, 2017: 27

Total from 2016: 39

Combined total: 66


click to enlarge West Colfax Avenue at North Kalamath Street. - GOOGLE MAPS
West Colfax Avenue at North Kalamath Street.
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Number 6 (tie): West Colfax Avenue/North Kalamath Street


Total from January-October 15, 2017: 29

Total from 2016: 18

Combined total: 47


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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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