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Loudoun's 10 Most Dangerous Intersections - January 23, 2006, 03:46 PM

The intersection of Route 7, Lansdowne Boulevard and Ashburn Road has become the intersection in Loudoun County with the most vehicle related crashes in 2005.

Every year the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Research Analyst compiles the top ten intersections in the county with the highest number of crashes.

The intersection of Route 7, Lansdowne Boulevard and Ashburn Road had 101 crashes in 2005, up from 79 the previous year. The previous number one spot was the intersection of Route 28, Church Road and Waxpool Road, which had 99 vehicle related crashes in 2004, saw a drop to 60 crashes in 2005. The annual study shows Route 28 and Old Ox Road, which dating back to 1998 consistently ranked as one of the top two crash locations, drop to eighth on the list. Both of these intersections added flyovers in 2005 to help alleviate traffic conditions at these intersections.

According to the report several intersections along Route 7 saw an increase in the number of accidents for the second year in a row. Ashburn Village Boulevard at Route 7 continues to rise with 64 crashes, up from 50 in 2004. The intersection of Route 7 and Potomac View Road jumped from 51 crashes in 2004 to 73 in 2005. This rise in crashes made this location second on the list of intersections, up from sixth the previous year. The intersection of Route 7 and Belmont Ridge Road saw a slight decrease with 79 vehicle crashes, down from 93 in 2005.

The following is the annual ranking of those intersections for accidents for the calendar year 2005. These statistics are compiled based on Sheriff’s Office data and does not include accidents worked by the Virginia State Police nor the Leesburg Police Department.

2005
Harry Byrd Hwy/Ashburn Rd./Lansdowne Blvd. 101

Harry Byrd Hwy./Belmont Ridge Rd. 79

Harry Byrd Hwy./Potomac View Rd. 73

Sully Rd./Church Rd./Waxpool Rd 73

Sully Rd./Sterling Blvd. 67

Harry Byrd Hwy./Ashburn Village Blvd. 63

Waxpool Rd./Loudoun County Pkwy. 50

Sully Rd./Old Ox Rd. 46

Harry Byrd Hwy./Sterling Blvd. 39

John Mosby Hwy./Loudoun County Pkwy. 37

2004

Sully Rd (Rt 28.) & Waxpool/Church Rd (Rt 625) 99

Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt 7) & Belmont Ridge Rd (Rt 659) 93

Sully Rd (Rt 28.) & Old Ox Rd (Rt 606) 79

Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt 7) & Ashburn Rd (Rt 641)/Lansdowne Blvd 79

Sully Rd (Rt 28.) & Sterling Blvd (Rt 846) 63

Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt 7) & Potomac View Rd (Rt 637) 51

Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt 7) & Ashburn Village Blvd (Rt 2020) 50

Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt 7) & Sterling Blvd (Rt 846) 42

Sully Rd (Rt 28.) & Cedar Green Dr (Rt 775) 42

Harry Byrd Hwy (Rt 7) & George Washington Blvd/Richfield Way 41
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Know what all these intersections have/had in common?

They're all controlled by traffic lights. Along these same routes there are other cross roads without lights and the number of crashes is nearly non-existent.


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January 23, 2006, 03:52 PM

Thats an interesting point Travis. I read somewhere that if you space traffic lights closer than I think 1 mile apart you create back ups.


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Know what all these intersections have/had in common?

They're all controlled by traffic lights. Along these same routes there are other cross roads without lights and the number of crashes is nearly non-existent.

That is interesting. But is it because those intersections are less used? Depending on the time of day, you're not making it out onto 7 or 50, etc without a green light.



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January 23, 2006, 04:12 PM

And here I am in a middle of all that mess.

Can't wait untill all those flyovers are done.


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Between Leesburg (Battlefield Pkwy @ Rt 7) and Dranesville Rd the lights are an average of only .558 miles apart. Traffic never gets moving, thus there are only a few gaps in the waves of traffic where other traffic could cross those roads. If traffic didn't have to stop there would never be these waves and there would be more gaps in between for cross traffic. Without a light I don't think turn lanes from the main roads would back up any worse than they already ready do.


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Before Landsdowe Blvd was there the Harry Byrd Hwy/Ashburn Rd./Lansdowne Blvd. 101 was nothing. How much longer until they are supposed to be done with that fly over???
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That is interesting. But is it because those intersections are less used? Depending on the time of day, you're not making it out onto 7 or 50, etc without a green light.
I would pose that cross streets at intersections without lights provide people with a clear idea of who has the right of way, where traffic lights do not and actually encourage "beat the light". Many times crashes happen because someone beating the light wrecks into someone who crept out into the intersection in the turn lane, against traffic. Seen it happen a half a dozen times.


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I would pose that cross streets at intersections without lights provide people with a clear idea of who has the right of way, where traffic lights do not and actually encourage "beat the light". Many times crashes happen because someone beating the light wrecks into someone who crept out into the intersection in the turn lane, against traffic. Seen it happen a half a dozen times.
I totally agree. And along those same lines, 3 and 4-way stop intersections are stupid too. Come on, just pick the primary parallel directions and make only the cross road stop.

Lansdowne Blvd/Riverside Pkwy and Belmont Ridge Rd-Upper Belmont/Riverside Pkwy are 4-way stops without lights and there are quite a few crashes at both. They would work much better as 2-way stop intersections.


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Travis isnt Harry Byrd Hwy./Potomac View Rd. 73 near you?


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Travis isnt Harry Byrd Hwy./Potomac View Rd. 73 near you?
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