The Billings law firm Ragain & Cook and marketing company 1point21 Interactive recently released a study ranking the most dangerous intersections in Montana. The study analyzed the 2014-2016 car crash statistics kept by the Montana Department of Transportation. Collision severity was taken into account by weighting significant injury crashes more heavily than minor injury and property damage only crashes.
Here are all of the Helena intersections that made the statewide list, ranked from most to least dangerous.
1. W. Custer Ave. and N. Montana Ave.
Crashes: 66 Crash Index: 91
Statewide Rank: 6th most dangerous
2. Last Chance Gulch and Lyndale Ave.
Crashes: 49 Crash Index: 74
Statewide Rank: 9th most dangerous
3. Last Chance Gulch and N. Montana Ave.
Crashes: 55 Crash Index: 70
Statewide Rank: 11th most dangerous
4. N. Montana Ave. and Prospect Ave.
Crashes: 28 Crash Index: 47
Statewide Rank: 22nd most dangerous
5. N. Montana Ave. and Tara Court
Crashes: 24 Crash Index: 45
Statewide Rank: 25th most dangerous
6. 11th Ave. and N. Montana Ave.
Crashes: 32 Crash Index: 43
Statewide Rank: 32nd most dangerous
7. N. Montana Ave. and Roadrunner St.
Crashes: 26 Crash Index: 41
Statewide Rank: 34th most dangerous
8. US Highway 12 and Carter Drive
Crashes: 20 Crash Index: 41
Statewide Rank: 35th most dangerous
9. Prospect Ave. and N. Lamborn St.
Crashes: 21 Crash Index: 34
Statewide Rank: 51st most dangerous
10. Prospect Ave. and Gibbon St.
Crashes: 24 Crash Index: 31
Statewide Rank: 63rd most dangerous
11. Washington St. and E. Custer Ave.
Crashes: 22 Crash Index: 29
Statewide Rank: 72nd most dangerous
12. W. Custer Ave. and N. Benton Ave.
Crashes: 18 Crash Index: 27
Statewide Rank: 81st most dangerous
13. 11th Ave. and Fee St.
Crashes: 22 Crash Index: 27
Statewide Rank: 82nd most dangerous
14. Prospect Ave. and N. Roberts St.
Crashes: 14 Crash Index: 21
Statewide Rank: 117th most dangerous
15. Washington St. and Cromwell Dixon Lane
Crashes: 12 Crash Index: 21
Statewide Rank: 121st most dangerous
16. N. Montana Ave. and Maple St.
Crashes: 10 Crash Index: 19
Statewide Rank: 135th most dangerous
17. Prospect Ave. and N. Hannaford St.
Crashes: 11 Crash Index: 18
Statewide Rank: 138th most dangerous
18. W. Custer Ave. and Cooney Drive
Crashes: 12 Crash Index: 15
Statewide Rank: 150th most dangerous