Crashes on the Divergent Diamond Interchange

I keep getting questions about the number of crashes we’ve had on the divergent diamond interchange at University and I-75.  It is such a new design that I know people are intrigued by it.

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We have not noticed that there is a rash of crashes.  We have had 7 crashes since November 9th.  None of them involved an angle crash at an intersection or people going the wrong way.   Of the 7:

  • 2 single motor vehicle, cars in the ditch
  • 4 rear end crashes, unable to stop in time
  • 1 side swipe same direction, improper lane change

Nothing really unusual here.  We have noticed that the bridge carries a MUCH higher volume of traffic with fewer back ups which is a positive.

I know it takes some time to get accustomed to it but overall I think it is really, really good for the traffic flow.

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