It may come as a surprise to some motorists when they hear this, but Kenaston Boulevard and McGillivray Boulevard is the intersection you’re most likely to have an accident.
The busy intersection in the booming south end of the city reported 1,052 collisions between 2005 and 2009, according to data released Tuesday by Manitoba Public Insurance.
Given that the area will soon see an increase in traffic when the Waverley West development is completed and big box retailer IKEA moves in close by, the number of accidents will likely increase.
This same intersection was the subject of a red-light camera pilot project a few years ago, before the city removed the camera due to underperformance.
MPI also released numbers for the nine other intersections in Winnipeg with the highest number of collisions during the same years. Four of them are also located in the south end.
- Leila Avenue and McPhillips Street — 1,003 accidents
- Grant Avenue and Kenaston Boulevard — 784
- Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue W. — 778
- Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Mary’s Road — 672
- Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Anne’s Road — 634
- Archibald Street and Marion Street — 615
- Moray Street and Portage Avenue — 560
- Logan Avenue and McPhillips Street — 528
- McGillivray Boulevard and Pembina Highway — 527
MPI says three people were killed and 1,500 injured at the above intersections between the time period data was collected. The worst day for accidents was typically on a Friday, reporting 1,233 in total. The most accidents occurred between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., making up for 2,020 of the collisions.
“Many of these collisions were rear-end collisions,” said Ted Hlynsky of Manitoba Public Insurance. “The message to motorists is to anticipate when the light will change and leave enough space in front of you if you are required to stop suddenly.”