Two of the most dangerous intersections in Texas are located in Cedar Park. A Houston attorney used data from TxDOT to create a list of the most dangerous intersections in the state based on reported accidents, injuries and deaths. The office of Brian White detected 279 Texas intersections where a minimum of 48 collisions occurred between 2012 and 2015.
The busy Cedar Park intersection at Toll road 183A and Ranch to Market 1431 earned the spot as the 39th most dangerous intersection in the state. There were 120 crashes at the intersection and 68 injuries between 2012 and 2015.
“Think about how you have to get over three times under the overpass and across all those lanes to turn into the shopping center,” Cedar Park resident Mallory Williams said. “Of course there will be collisions. I’ve had enough close calls to keep me from wanting to go shopping there.”
This intersection is classified as more dangerous than any in Austin, with the most dangerous intersection in Austin being ranked as 103rd at the intersection of Riverside Drive and S. Pleasant Valley Road. This intersection has seen 68 crashes and 52 injuries between 2012 and 2015.
The intersection of RM 1431 and Lakeline Boulevard is classified as the 196th most dangerous in Texas. There were 54 crashes and 35 injuries between 2012 and 2015.
Last year, the City of Cedar Park began to make improvements to make these intersections safer.
Crews installed double red light indications at RM 1431 and Toll 183A so drivers could better see as they exit the underpass. They also re-sequenced the signal pattern. The city also has “SIGNAL AHEAD” warning signs to reduce the number of red light runners.
The city added an additional northbound left turn lane on Lakeline Boulevard at 1431. They also repaved the intersection. This year, the city intends to convert the circular green yield lights, to flashing yellow arrows for drivers turning left from RM 1431.
“It seems like this should be common sense but some drivers must need to be given more direction on when they should yield versus when they actually have a protected left,” Cedar Park resident Zoe Rodriguez said.