The Rhode Island State Department of Transportation has completed a list of the 50 worst (as in most dangerous) intersections in the State of Rhode Island. The most dangerous intersection in the State is on Route 146 in North Smithfield where it intersects Sayles Hill Road.
In compiling the list, the State looked at the years 2006-2009 and considered:
- The number and frequency of accidents;
- The incidence of injury and fatal injury;
- The total estimated cost of the accident, including property damage and personal injury.
Providence and Warwick fared the worst in the report, each City having 13 of the 50 worst intersections. In fact, three Warwick intersections are among the top 5 problem intersections in the State, including the intersection of Post Road and Route 37 which accounted for the most accidents over this period of time, 313! Warwick also accounted for the most auto accidents with injuries - the intersection of West Shore Road and Warwick Avenue which accounted for 55 injuries. The intersection with the most auto fatalities was in Pawtucket at the intersection of Route 95 and Lonsdale Avenue.
Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, very little money is available to address all of the security concerns at these various intersections. For instance, the City of Warwick which accounted for 13 of the 50 worst intersections, only has plans to address 3 of those intersections. 10 problem intersections will continue to remain unchanged.