For the fourth year running, none of central Ohio's most dangerous intersections are within Westerville.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released its annual list of 100 "high-crash intersections" in central Ohio.
The intersections are judged on a number of criteria drawn from the previous three years of data, including injuries, ranging from fatal to minor; total number of crashes; and average daily traffic.>> MORPC rankings: Dangerous intersections ahead in central Ohio <<
The vast majority of intersections on the list are within Columbus' boundaries, but several suburbs have intersections represented as well.
This year's top five high-crash intersections are state Route 161 at Maple Canyon Drive, Broad Street and James Road, East Livingston Avenue and Hamilton Road, Morse and Karl roads and Hilliard Rome and Renner roads.
Westerville city spokeswoman Christa Dickey said city leaders see Westerville's absence from the top 100 as a good sign for the city's infrastructure.
"It's always a relief to see that Westerville is not on a list like this, particularly in a dangerous ranking," she said. "I think it bodes well for a couple of things for us. One would be roadway design and functionality, and the other would be the traffic-enforcement efforts put forth by the police division."
In MORPC's annual report, the commission also breaks down the five most dangerous intersections in each city.
According to the report, Westerville's five highest-crash locations are State Street and Schrock Road, State Street and Heatherdown Drive, North Cleveland Avenue and Polaris Parkway, Cleveland Avenue and West Main Street and North State Street and Maxtown Road.
Over the last few years, the city has invested millions of dollars into work on State Street near Schrock and Heatherdown.
Dickey said it seems likely the crash numbers at that location will decrease as the three-year period of MORPC's data starts drawing from time after the construction.
She said the city always looks at each intersection where accidents occur, and none of those listed come as a surprise.
"It's an ongoing effort," she said. "A number of departments are keeping their eye on how to keep these intersections safe. That's multi-departmental. And we're always looking at where there might be risk."
Dickey also said she hopes the conversation around intersection danger can remind people to avoid distracted driving.
"One thing I think everybody can do to reduce the risk associated with these high-impact zones where traffic accidents might occur is to be mindful about distracted driving, whether it's speaking on the phone, eating in the car or any method that might distract someone," she said. "That's something we can all do together to reduce risk, is eliminate those behaviors."
For more information on the intersection list, visit www.MORPC.org.