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Island Highway intersections rank as Ladysmith's most dangerous

Four of the next 5 most crash-prone are all in Nanaimo
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The intersection of the old Island Highway, Mostar Road and Rutherford Road was the worst in Nanaimo for crashes in 2023, according to ICBC statistics.

The most dangerous intersections in the Ladysmith area are also probably the busiest.

ICBC released crash data from 2023 this month, and the stats show that four of the area's five most accident-prone locations are along the Island Highway.

Ladysmith’s top five worst intersections (+/- from previous year):

Trans-Canada Highway, First Avenue and Ludlow Road - 16 crashes (+8)
Trans-Canada Highway at Oyster Sto-lo Road - 11 (+4)
Trans-Canada Highway, Davis Road and Chemainus Road - 10 (-7)
Cedar Road, Adshead Road and Code Road - 5 (+2)
Trans-Canada Highway, Roberts Street and Transfer Beach Boulevard - 5 (-4)

Meanwhile, three Nanaimo intersections are in the top five worst on the Island for crashes.

In Nanaimo, the intersection with the most crashes last year was the old Island Highway at Rutherford Road and Mostar Road, with 73 collisions. It marked a change, as in both 2021 and 2022, the Nanaimo intersection with the most crashes was the old Island Highway at Aulds Road and Hammond Bay Road.

Second on the list this year was the Nanaimo Parkway at the Jingle Pot Road south intersection, which saw crashes double from 34 in 2022 to 68 in 2023.

All three of those locations were in the top five on Vancouver Island's list of crash-prone intersections.

Vancouver Island’s top 10 worst intersections (+/- from previous year):

1. Saanich: Douglas Street, Mackenzie Avenue and Patricia Bay Highway - 86 crashes (+26)
2. Nanaimo: Old Island Highway, Mostar Road and Rutherford Road - 73 (+17)
3. Nanaimo: Nanaimo Parkway at Jingle Pot Road (south) - 68 (+34)
4. Nanaimo: Old Island Highway, Aulds Road and Hammond Bay Road - 66 (-5)
5. Saanich: Blanshard Street at Saanich Road - 63 (+20)
(tie) Langford: Trans-Canada Highway, Millstream Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway - 63 (+13)
7. Victoria: Douglas Street, Gorge Road, Government Road and Hillside Avenue - 60 (+7)
8. Duncan: Trans-Canada Highway at Beverly Street - 56 (+6)
9. Nanaimo: Nanaimo Parkway at Aulds Road - 53 (+10)
(tie) Victoria: Douglas Street at Finlayson Street - 53 (+14)



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