Residents want traffic light at Raleigh intersection that was site of double fatal crash
A public meeting Tuesday night will discuss potential changes to an intersection where two people died in a crash this weekend.
According to state data, there have been 63 crashes at the intersection of Louisburg and Fox roads between 2013 and 2017.
Francisco Jaquez, 59, and Alfred Rodriguez Inoa, 9, died Sunday morning after the car they were in collided with another vehicle in the 5200 block of Louisburg Road at the Fox Road intersection.
Police said Jaquez and the boy in a car that were attempting to cross Louisburg Road when their vehicle was T-boned by another car, slamming in the driver’s side door of Jaquez’s vehicle.
Long before Sunday’s deadly crash, state Department of Transportation officials complied data suggesting that the intersection was a safety hazard, as drivers turning left from Fox Road must cross four lanes of traffic without the help of a traffic light.
DOT data calls Louisburg Road the most dangerous in Wake County, with 95 crashes in 2017.
“I’ve seen so many accidents, people getting hurt. I’ve called 911 myself. The traffic coming down Louisburg Road is like a racetrack,” one resident said.
Many who live in the area said they avoid the intersection at all costs.
“I take my granddaughter to school and we have to come all the way down Louisburg Road because we’re just too afraid to turn on right there Fox. The speed is just horrendous and it’s like people play chicken. They wait until you’re about to turn and then speed up and that’s so dangerous,” said resident Sherry Thompson.
Neighbors said they have been asking for a traffic light at the intersection for years and plans for changes to the area were revealed Tuesday night.
The proposed plan is to create a super street to Louisburg Road. Medians would separate three lanes of traffic on either side of the road. The next step is to add something called a media cross over. That would prevent traffic coming through Fox Road.
Residents who weighed in told engineers the plan is not enough.
“They’ve got to reduce the speed. I don’t care what kind of lights they put up, it they don’t reduce the speed it’s a waste of money,” Thompson said.
DOT engineers said that even though a traffic light is not part of the proposed plan, they will consider it as an option since so many residents have asked about it.
DOT engineers said the proposed plan was scheduled to be implemented by 2020, but the timeline has been moved up in light of the fatal crash.
The full list of the most dangerous roads in Raleigh, based on DOT data from 2017, is as follows:
DOT officials said that some intersections with a fewer total number of crashes were classified as more dangerous because the resulting injuries were more severe.