Which is the Most Dangerous Intersection in Concord?

Concord Patch wants to know which intersection makes you nervous behind the wheel. Tell us in the comments.

I was stuck at a Monument Boulevard intersection for nearly ten minutes Friday afternoon and wasn't happy.

It wasn't the length of time it took me to make a safe left turn from Monument Court to Monument Boulevard that bothered me. It was the insecurity that accompanied finding the right window of time to drive forward without getting hit by other cars from either side that did.

The intersection in question is a signal-less T-junction between and the historic St. Stephen Cemetery, which, other than a few nearby residents, curious journalists researching potential stories and a few businesses, doesn't get a whole lot of traffic. 

I'm not sure what requirements and cost justifications are required by the city to install stop lights in such intersections — perhaps that could be a future Concord Patch story — but for now, I'm left wondering if this is the most dangerous intersection in town.

For my ego's sake, let the record state that I consider myself an attentive and confident driver who always figures out traffic conundrums in efficient and safe ways. This, however, got the best of me.

Though it bothered me some, I eventually made it across safely without causing an accident. Now I'm curious to know:

... what other local intersections do you think are too dangerous?

... is this the most dangerous turn, intersection or crossing path in Concord? 

What do you think? Where in Concord do you find yourself nervous behind the wheel? 

Tell us in the comments. 

Aileen Gram-Reefer July 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Mt Diablo St at Bonifacio St. The speed limit is 25, but nearly everyone speeds on their way to the freeway around the corner. There are no crosswalks across Bonifacio. There is an accident there at least once a month, and there have been seriolus injuries. Also, several of the residents are developmentally disabled and some of them will stand on the corner for several minutes waiting for cars to go by before they will brave crossing Bonifacio St. We need at least a cross walk, if not a stop sign on Bonficaio St.
Adalto Nascimento July 09, 2012 at 07:28 PM
These are all great points, everybody! And I just remembered another: Though it has signals and appears properly organized, I see an average of two accidents per month where Market Street meets Concord Avenue and the Highway 242 on and off ramps — usually serious crashes, too.
Carlyn July 10, 2012 at 01:06 AM
The intersection of Clayton Road and Oakland Avenue is extremely dangerous for pedestrians. Cars are constantly turning right onto Clayton Road from Oakland Avenue, without waiting for pedestrians to cross Clayton Road safely, or cars are making a speedy right turn out of the Terminal Shopping Center parking lot without looking for pedestrians who are trying to cross Clayton Road.
Adalto Nascimento July 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
That's true, Carlyn! Not too far away is the one way Sunset Avenue and East Street junction (where Keenan Heinz Company used to be.) I was recently traveling through a green light when a car suddenly turned, fast, in the opposite direction of traffic, facing me head on before screeching his tires to a stop. Tragedy was averted, but I find that to be a difficult intersection/one way street for friends visiting and anybody new to Concord.
jayBeye July 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I go for clayton road at the bart station where three lanes turn into two. Countless times I have seen people in the far right lane tyring to squeeze in at the last minute just before they end up on the side walk. This should be a turn only lane. Not a lane for impatient people to get 1 car ahead.


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