- According to the Albuquerque Police Department, between January 2012 and December 2014, 13 crashes were reported at the intersection of Rio Grande Boulevard and Candelaria Road. These accidents resulted in six injuries due to driver inattention or disregard for traffic safety signs traveling through the intersection.
- In 1999, Frank Garber of Albuquerque was killed at this intersection when his sports car was hit by a pickup truck that ran a red light. He was wearing a seat belt at the time.
- From 2004-2006, the intersection of Candelaria and Rio Grande Blvd. experienced 29 crashes, including four collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
- This intersection had a crash severity rate that was higher than any other intersection within Albuquerque during the period of 2004-2006.
- From 2007-2009, this intersection had a total of 22 crashes, including five with injuries.
- According to a 2011 Mid-Region Council of Governments Safety Report, the intersection of Candelaria Road NW and Rio Grande Boulevard NW had a rate of pedestrian-involved accidents triple the average rate of the rest of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area. The rate is the same as the intersection of San Mateo and Montgomery.
A 2000 analysis of U.S. roundabout crash data by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration found that, when compared to the traditional intersection designs they replaced, roundabouts typically achieve:
- a 37% reduction in overall crashes
- a 75% reduction in crashes with injuries
- a 90% reduction in fatal crashes
- a 40% reduction in pedestrian/vehicle crashes
SpeedingA 2010 traffic survey on Rio Grande Boulevard NW found that:
- 61% of vehicles exceeded the posted speed limit north of the intersection (between Elfego Rd. and San Lorenzo)
- 70% of vehicles exceeded the speed limit south of the intersection (between Artesanos Ct. and Oro Vista)
The roundabout would have a suggested speed of 15-25 miles per hour
Conflict PointsThe proposed roundabout at the intersection of Candelaria Road and Rio Grande Boulevard would reduce the current intersection's 32 vehicle-to-vehicle and 24 vehicle-to-pedestrian conflict points to 8 vehicle-to-vehicle conflict points and 8 pedestrian-to-vehicle conflict points.
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Illustration courtesy of Terra Designs LLC.