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Five Fairbanks Intersections To Avoid…

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Like most cities, Fairbanks has its share of bad intersections. But, some just stand out as particularly dangerous. Here is the Top Five List of Fairbanks intersections to avoid…

Number 5: Airport Rd. and Cushman St. For some reason, folks just haven’t learned to slow down on Airport Rd. Furthermore, as a main four-lane, it seems to draw drunks and lead-footed kids in loud pickup trucks. Over the past 20 years, we’ve represented clients who were injured at just about every intersection on Airport Rd. Always keep your eye on the Airport/Cushman intersection – especially at night. It pays to yield, even when you don’t have to.

Number 4: Old Steese Hwy. and College Rd. Maybe it’s the box-stores. Maybe it’s the odd slant to the roadway. Heck, maybe its the fact that thousands of folks hurry home on Northbound Steese, forgetting to stop for the red light on College Rd. Whatever the reason, always look twice when entering Steese/College. It’s a killer.

Number 3: Johansen and Danby. Tyler Cook’s Auto Mall just might be too much of a distraction for motorists on the Johansen. Have you noticed that people ignore this intersection? How many people will have to die before the driving public learns about this intersection. Keep your eyes on the road. Ignore Mr. Cook’s flashy signs. Save a life.

Number 2: University/Farmer’s Loop/College Rd. Southbound drivers, coming from Farmer’s Loop for a left hand turn onto College Rd. seem to forget about Northbound traffic from University Ave. The UAF’s decision to re-open this intersection for access to the campus hasn’t helped. Having campaigned on this intersection for the better part of six months, let me assure you that it’s a mess. Red lights appear to be mere suggestions at this intersection.

Oddly, it is also the same vehicles that seem to consistently ignore the traffic control devices. We have some really dangerous folks living on Farmer’s Lp. Watch out.

And, the absolute worst intersection in and about Fairbanks, Alaska – having claimed more lives and injured more people than you can imagine…

1: Steese and Farmer’s Loop. Do yourself a favor. Slow down when entering this intersection. I know – the speed limit is 55 on the Steese. Please pretend that it’s 45 – and live a bit longer. Expect people to blow through from both the Birch Hill side – and the Farmer’s Lp. side. Nobody on the Steese seems to have learned that this intersection even exists. Flashing lights haven’t helped.

The next time you drive through, look at the white road-side crosses and the “in memory of” signs that abound near this intersection. Buckel up. Slow down. Turn on your headlights. Look out for others. Buy a big truck. This intersection is dangerous.

Summer is coming. Good luck out there.