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UPDATED MnDOT: Mississippi St.-University Av. is 18th-most Dangerous MN intersection

The agency ranked the corner based on how bad crashes there were.

Updated below. The Fridley intersection of Mississippi Street NE and University Avenue NE* is the 18th most dangerous in the state, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation list (PDF) that was released to KARE 11 on Wednesday.

The rankings are based on a "weighted average of crash severity" over a three-year period, according to the MnDOT document.

For example, one fatal crash is weighted as heavily as 70 property-damage crashes. A crash resulting in severe injury is rated half as heavily as one resulting in a fatality, according to the document.

Other Anoka County intersections on the MnDOT list included Hwy. 65 and 93rd Avenue/Cloverleaf Parkway in Blaine, and Hwy. 65 and 221st Street in East Bethel.

Others east and west of Fridley included crossings in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Arden Hills, Roseville and .

Topping the list—the state's most dangerous crossing—was Hwy. 15 and Hwy. 23/Second Street S. in St. Cloud.

Update (Thursday, 1:30 p.m.): Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud said in an email Thursday that MnDOT's ranking of University and Mississippi as the state's 18th-most dangerous intersection "is a little surprising to me." He explained: 

According to our records since January of 2010 there have been 26 crashes at that intersection. 19 of those crashes were property damage only. 6 crashes involved some type of injury and there was one fatality when a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road. This intersection does not appear to have any more accidents that some of the other high traffic intersections in Fridley.

Look for another update to this post with the data behind MnDOT's rankings if the agency makes those figures available.

*An earlier version of this post identified the wrong intersection: Mississippi Street and Old Central Avenue, instead of Mississippi Street and University Avenue.

Josh Davies October 20, 2011 at 05:41 AM
I'd like to see more statistics here. I know of only one fatal accident at the intersection of University and Mississippi, does this one fatal incident make it the 18th worse or were there more? Also, why not show an accident at that spot instead of an accident from 57th and University which doesn't make the list?
Chris Steller (Editor) October 20, 2011 at 06:25 AM
Josh, I agree. I've got a message into the Fridley police for comment, and I'll try to get the statistics that went into this from MnDOT and update this post with more info.
K Tenenbroker October 20, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I know there's a lot more to regulating traffic flow to random observation, but I just feel like the light that lets cars on Mississippi cross University is way too short in the evening when people get off work. I'd be interested in what time of day most of the accidents occur.
Chris Steller (Editor) October 20, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Thanks, K T. I appreciate hearing a specific observation about how that intersection functions. I'm waiting to hear back from MnDOT now. Your idea of looking at when crashes occur is a good one.

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