In the United States, nearly a quarter of all traffic fatalities and roughly half of all traffic injuries occur at intersections. Known as ‘planned points of conflict’, intersections are a perennial focus among local, state and federal organizations to improve and maintain road safety.
With this in mind, how safe are our intersections in Lexington? Where are motorists more likely to be injured in a traffic collision?
With the help of 1Point21 Interactive, we examined three years of collision data from the Kentucky State Police to identify the most dangerous intersections in Lexington (and all of Fayette County).
From 2017 through 2019 (the latest full year available), there were 6,890 crashes that resulted in an injury or death in Fayette County, second only to Jefferson County with 15,623. Nearly 35 percent of these crashes (2,374) were intersection-related – accounting for 3,518 injuries and 23 deaths.
Through this lens, it appears that, overall, intersections in Louisville and Fayette County are relatively safe when compared to the U.S. as a whole (the U.S. DOT estimates that half of all injury crashes occur at intersections).
The map below shows all intersections in Fayette County where at least one collision occurred. The larger the circle size, the more dangerous that intersection is, as circle size is determined by that crossing’s CRS score. This map is interactive, zoom in and hover over each intersection to reveal more information.
Which intersection is most dangerous? We created a CRS index that weights collision and injury volume to rank each crossing where at least one injury or fatal collision occurred. Below are the 50 most dangerous intersections in Lexington and Fayette County.
|Rank||Road 1||Road 2||Crashes||Injuries||Fatalities||CRS|
|1||Broadway||New Circle Rd||18||31||0||192|
|2||Man O War Blvd||Nicholasville Rd||15||30||0||183.5|
|3||Clearwater / Belleau Wood Dr||Man O War Blvd||14||28||0||170.5|
|4||Man O War Blvd||Tates Creek Rd||14||28||0||168.5|
|5||Broadway||Red Mile Rd / Virginia Ave||16||25||0||158|
|6||Ash St / Loudon Ave||Newtown Pike||9||27||0||154|
|7||Athens Boonesboro Rd||Hays Blvd||10||24||1||153.5|
|8||Citation Blvd||Georgetown Rd||13||25||0||152|
|10||Moore Dr||Nicholasville Rd||14||20||1||141.5|
|11||Limestone||Virginia Ave / Huguelet Dr||14||21||0||134.5|
|12||Broadway / Harrodsburg||Mason Headly / Waller Ave||14||21||0||134|
|13||Tates Creek Rd||Wilson Downing Rd / Appian Way||11||22||0||133.5|
|14||Eastland Dr||New Circle Rd||12||21||0||129|
|15||Bryan Station Rd / Bryan Ave||New Circle Rd||9||21||0||126.5|
|16||Lowry Ln||Nicholasville Rd||11||19||0||121|
|17||Ft Harrods Dr||Harrodsburg Rd||12||16||1||116.5|
|18||Blazer Rio Dosa Dr||Man O War Blvd||12||18||0||114|
|19||New Circle Rd||Russell Cave Rd||12||13||2||114|
|20||Athens Boonesboro Rd||Richmond Rd||9||18||0||108.5|
|21||Coleman Ct||Newtown Pike||10||17||0||105|
|22||4Th St / Georgetown St.||Newtown Pike||9||16||0||100|
|T23||Broadway||I75 S Exit113 On-Ramp From Us27||9||16||0||98.5|
|25||Man O War Blvd||Palumbo Dr||11||15||0||98.5|
|26||3Rd St||Upper St||8||16||0||97.5|
|27||Mason Headley Rd||Versailles Rd||9||16||0||97.5|
|28||Clays Mill Rd||Longview Dr||8||16||0||95.5|
|29||Harrodsburg Rd||Old Higbee Mill / Old Harrodsburg Rd||10||15||0||95|
|30||Broadway / Angliana||Foreman Ave||12||14||0||93.5|
|31||Locust Hill Dr||Richmond Rd||11||14||0||93.5|
|32||Eagle Creek Dr||Richmond Rd||9||15||0||93|
|33||Armstrong Mill Rd||Man O War Blvd||8||15||0||92|
|34||Liberty Rd||Star Shoot Pkwy||8||15||0||91.5|
|35||Radcliffe Rd||Russell Cave Rd||8||15||0||91|
|36||Man O War Blvd||Pleasant Ridge Dr||9||14||0||88.5|
|39||Lansdowne Dr||Tates Creek Rd||7||12||1||86|
|40||Versailles Rd||Village Dr||10||13||0||84.5|
|41||Leestown Rd||Yarnallton Pike||8||13||0||82|
|42||Greendale Rd||Leestown Rd||6||11||1||80|
|43||Bob O Link||Harrodsburg Rd||7||13||0||79|
|44||Harrodsburg Rd||Lane Allen Rd||9||12||0||79|
|45||Mt Tabor Rd||Richmond Rd||9||12||0||78.5|
|47||Leestown Rd||Trade St||8||12||0||77|
|48||Ky4 Exit7 Ramp From Us421||Leestown Rd||8||12||0||76.5|
|48||Liberty Rd||New Circle Rd||8||12||0||76.5|
*In the event that a CRS score was the same for two or more intersections, ties were broken by fatality/injury/crash volume – in that order.
All of the five most dangerous intersections – and six of the top ten – involved either Broadway or Man O War Blvd. These two streets were fixtures in the top 50: Broadway with eight crossings and Man O War with seven.
When compared with all collisions where Rear-end crashes are most common, those that occur at intersections are much more likely to involve angle and opposing left-turn collisions. In fact, those are the two most common types of intersection crashes in Lexington.
Intersection collisions occur most often in October, May, and November
As a personal injury law firm, we are passionate advocates for public safety. We believe that empowering people with information can go a long way in that regard. If people are aware of where collisions are more frequent, they may adjust their routes and driving behaviors around that knowledge. If our report can help even one person avoid a serious collision or injury, it will all be worth it.
When evaluating the data, it is important to understand that there are many factors that may lead to collisions including traffic volume, driver behavior, visibility and effectiveness of traffic control devices, road conditions, weather, and lighting to name a few. Drivers can increase their odds of arriving at their destination safely by:
This study uses injury and fatal crash data from the Kentucky State Police for the years 2017 – 2019. Our rankings are based on collision and injury volume at a given intersection. If you would like to report on or republish the data, maps, or information within, please link back to this page to provide credit to our firm.