Farmington's Most Dangerous Intersections


East Main and 30th streets: 93 crashes

Butler Avenue and 20th Street: 90 crashes

East Main Street and Browning Parkway: 82 crashes

East Main and 20th streets: 75 crashes

East Main Street and Cliffside Drive: 71 crashes

Hutton Avenue and 20th Street: 65 crashes

East Main Street and English Road: 62 crashes

West Main and Apache streets: 57 crashes

East Main Street and Plaza Drive: 50 crashes

College and Pinion Hills boulevards: 49 crashes

Farmington Avenue and 20th Street: 45 crashes

West Main Street and La Plata Highway: 45 crashes

East Main Street and Shopping Center: 41 crashes

San Juan Boulevard and Scott Avenue: 38 crashes

Dustin Avenue and 20th Street: 36 crashes

Broadway Street and Butler Avenue: 35 crashes

East Main Street and Butler Avenue: 34 crashes

East Main Street and Herrera Road: 33 crashes

Butler Avenue and 30th Street: 32 crashes

East Main and Largo streets: 32 crashes

FARMINGTON — The most dangerous intersections in Farmington are along a crowded stretch of East Main Street.

The intersection of East Main and 30th streets had more car crashes from 2010 to 2012 than any other cross streets in Farmington, according to data from Farmington police. During the three-year period, the intersection had 93 crashes.

In second place is Butler Avenue and 20th Street with 90 crashes in the three years. East Main and Browning Parkway saw 82 crashes, and East Main and 20th had 75.

In six of the top 10 intersections for crashes, East Main Street is one of the cross streets, according to police data.

A crash at an intersection means the collision occurred within the crosswalks, said Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy. Farmington police crash data counts everything from minor crashes without injuries to fatal crashes.

East Main Street also has some of the highest daily traffic counts within Farmington city limits, according to the most recent data from Farmington's Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Laundratopia, 4200 E. Main St., has a clear view of the most dangerous intersection at East Main and 30th.
Clockwise from left: The intersection of 30th and East Main streets; Butler Avenue and 20th Street; East Main Street and Browning Parkway; and the
Clockwise from left: The intersection of 30th and East Main streets; Butler Avenue and 20th Street; East Main Street and Browning Parkway; and the intersection at East Main and 20th streets. In that order, the intersections saw the most car crashes from 2010 to 2012, according to data from Farmington police. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)


"I haven't seen anything wrong with the traffic light. It's volume and people not paying attention," said Treston Finch, the manager of Laundratopia.

Finch said he occasionally sees police respond to crashes at the intersection. He said some of the crashes happen when people are heading east on 30th toward East Main. Drivers pick up speed coming down the hill on East 30th and then try to make the light to turn left onto East Main.

Kirtland resident Tim Curley works at Starbucks, 4337 E. Main St. His commute to work takes him past several of the most common intersections for crashes.

He's been able to avoid a collision, but he said the roads in San Juan County seem to be more dangerous than the roads in Phoenix, where he lived before moving here six years ago.

"I see big trucks involved in accidents," he said. "They assume they are the big dogs on the streets, and they end up getting into accidents. They tend to intimidate a lot of people on the road."

Curley said he thinks several factors heavy truck traffic, inconsiderate drivers and drunken driving contribute to dangerous road conditions in Farmington.

"It baffles me that people drive fast like that. It only takes 10 minutes to get from one side of town to the other," he said. "I see a lot of people blow red and yellow lights."

Overall, alcohol and drugs play a factor in about 7 percent of car crashes in Farmington, Tracy said.

Farmington's most recent fatal car crash was alcohol-related. On April 4, LaDell Light, who police suspect was intoxicated, ran a red light while fleeing from police and crashed into a car at the intersection of West Main Street and La Plata Highway. Light died later that night.

According to police data, that junction had 45 crashes from 2010 to 2012, making it the intersection with the 12th highest number of crashes in Farmington.

Ryan Boetel can be reached at rboetel@daily-times.com; 505-564-4644. Follow him on Twitter @RBoetel.