The Region's Worst Roads

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The Record analyzed the worst stretches of road in the Region based on police reports and traffic planner evidence. The ranking is based on the dangers resulting from excessive traffic, not traffic delays. They examined 106 blocks and 111 intersections that had a combined 6510 accidents total over 2010-2014.

The five most dangers corridors are traffic messes with dangerous intersections. They all have more personal injuries than they should have based on the number of crashes and on intersection performance standards.  Midblock dangers occur on these stretches as well. These midblock dangers include things like pedestrians darting out to jay walk. The midblock dangers are particularly present around the universities in Waterloo.

Here are the 10 most dangerous traffic corridors in the Region:

  1. Hespeler Road between Pinebush and Munch
  2. Ottawa South between Homer Watson and Fisher-Hallman
  3. University between Westmount and Weber
  4. Fairway Road between King and Manitou
  5. King Street between William and Central
  6. King/Fountain in Preston
  7. Victoria Street North between Lancaster and Frederick
  8. The Delta in Cambridge
  9. Franklin Boulevard between Pinebush and Main
  10. Ira Needles Boulevard between Highview and Erb

Police continue to warn drivers of the dangers of pedestrians who are distracted by their phones and walking into traffic. They are also concerned with cyclists, rollerblades and skateboarders on downtown city roads which are narrow laned and have cars parked on the sides of the road.

Police continue to run pedestrian blitzes in problem areas, warning and ticketing people for crossing inappropriately. They are also working with Regional traffic planners to overhaul poor traffic corridors. Over the next several years the Region intends to modify intersections along Franklin into turning circles, it intends to place two roundabouts along Ottawa Street South, King and Fountain will be made wider and redesigned, and the work to extend River Road as a traffic easer for Fairway Road continues.

You can learn more details and see the interactive maps here.