What is the Most Dangerous Intersection in Wakefield?

Let us know by posting a comment below and we'll put together a recap from your responses.

With the nicer weather upon us, we're more inclined to be out and about in town. With more of us willing to leave the house, we're now wondering: What is the most dangerous intersection in Wakefield?

Do people ignore signs or speed limits at this intersection? Does it have potholes or poor lighting? Are some intersections worse for motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians? Let us know what intersection you deem to be the least safe in Wakefield by posting a comment below.

We'll post a recap of your answers on Friday.

ally July 09, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Intersection at Vernon St, Salem St and Lawrence.
Diane Lee July 09, 2012 at 11:13 AM
I agree with Ally. That is one of the most dangerouse intersections in Wakefield.
annie July 09, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Agree with Ally and Dianne!
dave July 09, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I agree with Ally. The stop sign by Lawrence and Vernon is too far back form the intersection. You have to roll some 20 feet further just to see to the left down Salem street. I'm not a big advocate of more street lights but something needs to be done at that intersection
Fon July 09, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Vernon & Salem!!
Marcia J. July 09, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Wakefield has it's head in the sand when it comes to these two intersections: SALEM/VERNON LOWELL/SALEM Do we need a FATALITY to fix these intersections??
Laurie Hunt July 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Greenwood/Oak/Green Street
Paul T July 09, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The difference between the two intersections submitted thus far is that there is a 5-way stop in Greenwood. I know there was talk of doing the same for Salem and Vernon, but last I read Selectman Glynn was holding out for traffic signals. So where does it stand now? Haven't heard a peep about it in months. How about placing the stop signs and see if the number of traffic accidents is affected by the change? After all, how much does it cost to add two more stop signs?
Rick July 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Most of the intersections in Wakefield are dangerous. They force drivers to enter into the intersection just to be able to see the other traffic. Examples: Any of the cross streets on Main Street; Otis and Pleasant Streets; the cluster of possibilities at the upper common; Columbia onto Water Street is ridiculous - I'm surprised I haven't been creamed there yet. Many of the intersections are made difficult by the omnipresence of parked cars.
Paul Mozell July 09, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Another vote for Salem/Vernon. I'll also list Montrose Ave and Nahant Street as roads that seem to attract drivers who have Grand Prix ambitions. Serious speed enforcement is needed on both roads.
Chris Vander Rhodes July 09, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Agree with ally. That intersection is awful.
Jennifer Percoco July 09, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Elm/ North Emerson/ Prospect
DBC July 10, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I agree that the above locations are dangerous but the Main, Common crossover at the Post Office crossing is ridiculous. Who ever thought up that arrangement? Very few heed the Yield sign on Common at Artichokes. Coming from the Main, Salem intersection, it is difficult to see what's coming out of Common and if they will yield. There are cars coming out of Crescent crossing Main AND Common to get to Lafayette and cars turning from the other direction onto Yale AND Lafayette as well as making the U-turn back down Main. In addition, there are cars backing out of the PO's diagonal parking, as well as two crosswalks on each side of the Main Street split. And this is Downtown with Downtown traffic! Seriously? Perhaps it was thought it would be so dangerous that it would be safe! However, I have nearly been hit many times by a non-yielding car from Common, nearly t-boned by a hurtling car trying to make it out of Crescent and, as a pedestrian, literally had to stop in the middle of Main (both sides) while cars drove by on either side of me or cars backed out of a parking space to the point of cluelessly "kissing" my hips. Due to its hub location, I believe it's the most dangerous intersection in Wakefield. Anyone agree?
AnnMarie Gallivan July 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Green/Oak/Greenwood wouldn't be so dangerous if people actually stopped at the stopped signs which they never do because they are usually going way to fast to stop. That being said I think it's a tie with Salem/Vernon.
Susan Chanley July 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Agree with Vernon and Salem Street. Just awful! Also -- Prospect, Parker and Chestnut. Even though it is a four-way stop, cars still run the stop regularly. We nearly got hit a week ago by someone who refused to stop.
John Bengtson July 11, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I'd say the Number One worst intersection has to be Vernon and Salem St. Despite its poor layout, I can't believe that there hasn't been a serious accident there yet. Lowell and Salem is a contender for Second along with the Prospect/Chestnut/Parker intersection. After almost 4 years, people on Prospect still drive right past the stop sign. I've even seen what I believe is the same pick-up truck doing it more than once. The new Gould/Murray/Albion St. intersection is also an accident waiting to happen. Even in its former set with Murray as a one-way from Albion to Chestnut it was dangerous. It looks like when they reversed the flow on Murray 2 years ago, they planned to add traffic islands and shrink the size of the intersection, but they didn't. The paint where they were going to place the islands is still there.
Dave Gray July 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Main at North Ave southerly. Not at the intersection itself, but for what it creates about 50 yards down Main. The right lane should be right turn only onto North Av. Many times I've had to take evasive action when someone in a big hurry goes straight in the right lane, making two lanes approaching the Dunkin' entrance. I've been forced into the oncoming lane several times, and seen others have to slam on the brakes to avoid a parked car when someone tries to turn left into Dunkin'. All the rest mentioned are also bad.
Mike Pearlman July 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I'd have to go with Vernon/Salem as the worst. If it was in Idaho, and you could see miles in every direction, it wouldn't be too bad. Unfortunately, certain key directions (like the traffic with no Stop sign) are obscured by foliage or houses. Aside from that, the Main St. "X" in the town center seems bizarre to me every time I drive there. Not as bad as the old Rt. 2 Alewife giant rotary though. I wasn't sad to see that go, with some entering @ 10mph, some @ 50mph... ;)
Chris July 12, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I'd say Main Street and Lowell Street, at the northeast corner of the lake. Virtually every time I'm at that intersection, I see drivers taking stupid chances while either turning left from Main onto Lowell, or left from Lowell onto Main. They'll just barge right out, regardless of if there's an approaching fast-moving vehicle that they have to cut in front of.
Anthony July 13, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Salem and Vernon by far. Living near the intersection, I've seen a few bad accidents... even one involving a bicyclist. I really hope they do something soon about this intersection. There are recent markings on the pavement that may suggest they are planning to make a few changes but not certain.
john w leccese June 06, 2013 at 04:55 PM
How about Prospect at High Street where my son was killed?
john w leccese June 06, 2013 at 04:57 PM
I would be interested to know how many other accidents occurred at this intersection due to the obstructed view from High Street looking westerly towards Main Street Stoneham. Vehicles have to pull out 8-10 feet beyond the stop line to see on coming traffic.
DBC June 06, 2013 at 09:46 PM
You have my heartfelt sympathies, John; the hurt will never go away, as you know, you just get more used to dealing with it.better (on good days). I do agree that intersection is also impossible, especially during the winter with high snow banks!
john w leccese June 06, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Thank you DBC. It is truly a nightmare.


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