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Bloomington Crash Rates Lower Than U.S. Average

The Metropolitan Planning Organization technical advisory committee’s latest crash report shows Bloomington rates are about 3 percent lower than the U.S. average. The committee found that the total number of crashes is related to the total number of cars that go through certain intersections.

Vince Caristo, who spearheaded the data research project, says there is a correlation of incidents around the bypass and State Road 37. The highest incident crashes are between the ages of 16 and 20, while the highest fatalities are ages 25 to 34.

Included in the top ten crash report are 45/46 at College and Walnut and East 3rd Street at Pete Ellis Drive.

“We look at several characteristics of crashes including the frequency of crashes, the geographic distribution of crashes, where they happen, what time of day they happen the primary cause of crashes, and we find useful trends that can help the city and the county identify where our safety problems might be,” Caristo says.

There were a total of 12,415 crashes and 31 fatalities since 2008. City Engineer Adrian Reid says the highway safety improvement plan will assist in making low cost improvements such as adding striping, signage and guard rails.

“We have three intersections identified for federal funding: Tapp/Rockport Rd, Sare/Rogers intersection and 17th and Arlington intersection,” Reid says. “17th and Arlington has a crash issue. It made the top ten for crashes this year.”

Construction at 17th and Arlington will begin next year.

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