Two Medford Intersections Among State's Top Crash Sites

See which Medford intersection ranks high in accidents.

The intersection of Route 16 and Winthrop Street, as well as Main Street and Salem Street in Medford Square rank among the top 200 high crash sites in the state, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Route 16 at Winthrop Steet ranks 120 on the DOT's recently released interactive map. Main Street at Salem Street comes in at 153.

A few intersections just outside of Medford also made the list:

  • #23: McGrath Highway at Mystic Avenue, Somerville
  • #110: Fellsway East at Highland Avenue, Malden
  • #185: Broadway at Route 16, Somerville

The worst intersection in the state? Veterans Memorial Parkway at Varnum Avenue in Lowell. A total of 161 accidents took place between 2008 and 2010, including 42 with injuries, according to the data.

Where's the worst intersection in Medford? Tell us in the comments.

Richard Carle October 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I'd like to see the time of the accidents at Rte 16 and Winthrop. Are most of them at rush hour?
Paul T. Bradford October 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, that the intersection of Boston Ave. and Rt 16 is a very dangerous place to make a turn, specifically if you're on 16 going in either direction, attempting to turn onto Boston Ave; In both cases, the turn is "blind." That is, the opposite left turn lane blocks your view of oncoming traffic in the opposite right-hand lane. Easy for me to say, but the obvious, ready solution is to mark out separate left-turn lanes and time the lights to allow for left turns only, like the lights do at the infamous, aforementioned intersection of Rt. 16 and Winthrop. A widened intersection plus the light timing changes would be even better. Having said all that, did I read somewhere that the changes I'm proposing have, by some miracle, already been put in the planning stages? Your feedback is welcome.


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