The Top 5 Worst Intersections in Abilene
Recently, I created a poll on the worst intersections in Abilene based off of your comments to that question on my Facebook page. Now, based on your votes, I give you the top 5 worst intersections in Abilene.
Buffalo Gap and Clack
Ah yes, Buffalo Gap Road and Clack. I've seen my fair share of accidents at that intersection...heck, I've been in a few accidents at that intersection. What makes it such a bad intersection is the fact that it is always busy because that is where the Mall of Abilene and several other busy businesses are at. Not to mention, people just fly down the road. Plus, most people that are going from the North side of town, to the South (and visa versa) use Buffalo Gap Road to go back and forth. You can add the Buffalo Gap and Danville intersection to go with B. Gap and Clack, because both intersections are equally bad in my opinion.
Buffalo Gap and Industrial
Buffalo Gap and Industrial is another bad intersection in Abilene. It has the same problems as the Buffalo Gap and Clack intersection as far as having several businesses around it, but another problem it poses is that you can get confused really easy, especially if you are not from Abilene. The lanes are marked as to which direction you can go, but a lot of people will wait until the last minute, and then dart into another lane. Or, people will try going straight when they are actually in a mandatory turn lane. Add speeding, confusion and bad road planning, and you have a horrible intersection.
Southwest Drive and Catclaw
Even though this intersection came in third, in my opinion, this is the worst intersection in Abilene. The congestion is insane...especially on the weekends. In fact, you won't catch me near that area unless I absolutely have to. Add the fact that there are some really jacked up drivers in A-town, and you have an accident just waiting to happen.
South 1st and Leggett
Making this intersection a bad one is the fact that South 1st is a high traffic area as it is connected to a highway coming in from the West of Abilene. So, there are lots of trucks and other vehicles rolling through town as well as the people that live here. Not only that, there is the longest turn lane I think I have ever seen that stretches from Pioneer Drive to Leggett and beyond. So, you'll have people that literally will get in the turn lane 3 blocks down the road which causes quite a few close calls. Our studios sit basically on the corner of Leggett and South 1st, so all of us who work here have seen a ton of accidents at this intersection.
South 11th and Treadaway
South 11th and Treadaway is sort of a double whammy. First you have Treadaway which is a main corridor through Abilene and connects to loop 322 as well as Highway 83/84. Then, you have South 11th, which when traveling east from Treadaway, also connects to another highway going out toward Abilene Regional Airport. The intersection itself is a bit confusing to some as you have a double turn lane from the North. I've seen many people want to try to go straight instead of turning from the turn lane...and, yes, I've done it myself.