New Ulm Intersection Above Average, But Not Really MN’s Most Dangerous

A national map put together by a law firm based in Chicago has an intersection in New Ulm listed as the most dangerous in Minnesota, but that is not actually the case.

The map, based partially on crowdsourced data, has the intersection of Highways 14 and 15 ranked as the most dangerous, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation says the report appears to have multiple flaws.

MnDOT says while the 14/15 intersection does have an above-average crash history when compared to those with similar traits in Minnesota, it is not the worst for either total or fatal crashes.

According to MnDOT, for the 2006-2015 time period, the 14/15 intersection in New Ulm had 54 total crashes. Of those, there were no fatal crashes, and just one was a serious injury crash.

Still, the intersection’s above average crash numbers is one of the reasons why it’ll be converted into an interchange as part of the upcoming river bridge replacement project starting next year.

MnDOT did put out a list of the state’s most dangerous intersections a number of years ago, based on data from 2008 to 2012. Most of them were in the Twin Cities, but ranked as the most dangerous was the intersection of Highways 15 and 23 in St. Cloud.

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