Recently, The Olympian surveyed the public to identify the worst intersections in Olympia. Officials were unsurprised by the three that ended up topping the results.
In addition to sharing the three worst intersections, we’ll also provide some general statistics about how many car accidents happen in Olympia. Plus, we’ll share steps that the City is taking to address the situation and how you can get involved, too.
According to The Olympian, the Cooper Point and Black Lake Boulevard intersection suffers from poor street connectivity. Street connectivity is a term city planners use to describe how different types of streets converge. In Olympia, this is a big issue because there are many types of roads, from small downtown streets to larger highways.
In the case of Cooper Point and Black Lake, 14 lanes of traffic intersect in a 35-mph zone. Worse, there aren’t any good alternate routes.
Martin and Sleater Kinney is a busy intersection right off I-5. If there’s traffic or congestion on I-5? It often spills off here.
Additionally, the area is mixed-use, with pedestrians and bicyclists. Compounding things further are many restaurants, strip malls, and shops, which mean more cars turning in and out of parking lots.
Herman and Wiggins Roads come together in a narrow T-style intersection in a residential area. The two-lane roads have no shoulder, increasing the chances of cars running off the road in a fender bender.
According to WSDOT, there are roughly 1,100 car accidents in Olympia each year. Of these, around 19 result in a known serious injury or fatality. (In about 250 more accidents per year, an injury is suspected.) Of course, even a minor “fender bender” can be a big nuisance, both for the drivers involved and those stuck in traffic. Not to mention, car repairs mean costs and hassle.
Here is a table that outlines how many accidents happened in Olympia between 2017-2021:
|Total Crashes||Fatal or Serious Injury||Possible Injury||Drunk-Driver Involved|
The good news is that Olympia city officials are aware of the need to fix its dangerous intersections. Here are some of the measures they are considering:
Were you injured in an Olympia car accident? Perhaps at one of these hazardous intersections, or elsewhere? Please don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer from our team. There is no cost or obligation to have us hear what happened and explain your legal rights.