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What's Waltham's Most Dangerous Intersection?

Tell us which intersection in Waltham is the most dangerous.

Waltham is large suburb where many car crashes occur at intersections, but some intersections are more dangerous than others. 

Here is your chance to help avoid those stress-inducing intersections. In the comments section below, tell us which intersections in Waltham are the worst. The resulting list can help drivers navigate around potential crashes. 

JJ Murphy July 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Main st. Banks square intersection, and also totten pond rd. Piety corner intersection
Joan Garniss July 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Statistically I believe it's Trapelo/Lexington St. but with the rate at which people go through the red lights at Totten Pond/Lexington it's amazing there aren't more accidents there.
DP July 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Main St @ Harvard St..Most because people blow off the left only turn..Waltham PD needs to enforce that turn with more vigilance. Similar to their early summer effort to penalize drivers for blocking intersections.
Don Cook July 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM
One of the worst is not even an intersection. The driveway out of Wal-Lex in front of TJ Maxx (right turn only) is just a few feet from the driveway at Bugger King. In the past 6 months alone I've personally witnessed 3 accidents there - people turning right out of TJMaxx crash into people turning left out of Burger King as they both dart out once the Lexington St traffic has cleared.
Martha Creedon July 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
One of the most dangerous intersections for PEDESTRIANS is Main and Moody, where pedestrians have a scant 10 seconds to cross. That gives many people just about enough time to get oh, about halfway across, before the cars take over again. Take a look at the facial expressions of people trying to cross there sometime and you'll see just how frightening it can be.
Tim Wilson July 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM
One of the worst I've seen in my 6 years in Waltham is the Cherry Street and Adams Street intersection. Cars park on the south side of Adams Street, blocking the view of cars coming up Cherry Street. Many people using Cherry to get to Moody Street fly up the street, come to a screeching halt at the stop sign, and then have to slowly edge forward to see if there are cars coming in either direction on Adams.
Jen P July 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Bacon/Plympton/Athletic Field Rd. SO many accidents. It's hard to see especially coming from Athletic Field Rd. and cars gather so much speed going down the hill at Bacon. Also South/Weston/Main St, especially going westbound. So many people fail to turn left onto South when in that lane and instead go on Weston St. Short time to jockey before it's a single lane (and soon an entrance/exit to Waltham Marketplace)
Deirdre July 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
River St. at Bright St is pretty bad.
Saul Blumenthal July 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
It is? How so?
Alice H July 17, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Lexington Street & Totten Pond Road, particularly turning right from Totten Pond onto Lexington. There are two turning lanes, and the people in the right-most lane do not stay in their lanes. Some are turning onto Bacon Street from there and swing wide, others just don't hold their lane and jeopardize those in the other turn lane. The city could improve this tremendously just be repainting the lines so that people would have a guide of the lane they should maintain.
khluvr621 July 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
You're kidding, right? That's one of the safest intersections off River St, IMO.
khluvr621 July 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Oh, let me count the ways as a pedestrian: Main & Moody, River & Seyon, Gore & Seyon at night, River & Elm, etc.
Tim Hill July 17, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Why Gore and Seyon? That one seems relatively safe.
Alan Tauber July 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I agree Don. Second would be Totten Pond and Lex/Bacon.
Scott S July 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Is that car in the photo really on the wrong side of the road, or did you just reverse the photo?
khluvr621 July 17, 2012 at 07:16 PM
The bushes/lot on the Work Out World parking lot corner of the intersection creates a huge blind spot since they block a good 1/4 of the crosswalk. That and lack of light, yes, it's on my personal list ;)
Carol Chaisson July 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Winthrop and Boynton for sure!!! My Partner was almost killed when a Car and Landscape Truck Collided in the INtersection and The car pinned Her between the House and Car.
Steve Crafts July 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Unfortunately (and obviously from all the posts) too many to choose from. However, the real danger lies in the fact that there are too many inattentive, distracted, in-a-rush and just plain old bad drivers out there at these intersections and of course, on the road in general. Seriously, slow down, put the phone down (or at least get a headset!) and pay attention!
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Hi Steve, I could not agree more. I believe driving skill is at an all-time low, but not just in Waltham. So many times I have driven through the city only to be nearly T-boned, honked at or cut off.
Matt Carter July 18, 2012 at 03:55 PM
OK. My pics being studying traffic and construction engineering are Moody Street @ Maple Street/High Street, Totten Pond Road @ Bacon Street/Lexington Street, Plympton Street @ Bacon Street, Trapelo Road @ Forest Street (Being Redone This Year!), Lexington Street @ Trapelo Road, Wyman Street/Smith Street @ Lincoln Street & Newton Street @ Main Street.
Walthamguy July 19, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Re: "the rate at which people go through the red lights at Totten Pond/Lexington it's amazing there aren't more accidents there." Indeed. Whenever I am first in line on Totten Pond Rd taking a left onto Lexington St I make sure I stay back more than one car length before the stop line, otherwise one can easily get hit by someone going north on Lexington St and turning left onto Totten Pond Rd.


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