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The Riskiest Roads in America

The Riskiest Roads in America

Let’s test your knowledge. According to Lytx® data, which of these was the riskiest road in America in 2017?

  1. Broadway (New York City, N.Y.)
  2. South Las Vegas Boulevard (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  3. Sepulveda Pass, I-405 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  4. Interstate 81 (near Sugar Notch, Pa.)
  5. Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.)

According to a Lytx analysis of billions of miles of U.S. driving data that examined each half-square mile of road, the answer is South Las Vegas Boulevard at Jay Sarno Way. In fact, the second-most risky section of road in America was also claimed by South Las Vegas Boulevard, but at East Harmon Avenue, just south of Jay Sarno Way.

The top five riskiest U.S. roads in 2017 from our analysis were:

  1. South Las Vegas Boulevard at Jay Sarno Way (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  2. South Las Vegas Boulevard at East Harmon Avenue (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  3. Interstate 95 (New York City, N.Y.)
  4. Interstate 81 (near Sugar Notch, Pa.)
  5. Interstate 78 (Allentown, Pa.)

The top five riskiest U.S. roads

Each dot in the images above represents a risky event. Being data nerds, we couldn’t help but dive into the numbers in search of insights. We learned two interesting, and possibly useful, things when it comes to route optimization and fleet management.

Risky RoadThe first is that within a mile east of the riskiest road in America was a section of roads that was 90 percent less risky, ranking No. 672 on the list. This indicates that risk data, examined in this way, can be used to reroute vehicles and manage route risk. In this case, rerouting away from South Las Vegas Boulevard and Sarno Way one mile to the east would reduce risk by 90 percent. Looking at the risk map, one theoretically could draw a vertical path on either side of South Las Vegas Boulevard that would be significantly less risky.

The second piece of insight occurred when we looked into why Interstate 81 near Sugar Notch, Pa., appeared on the list. Our data analysts dug deeper and found that the freeway had been undergoing construction and repairs last year that periodically reduced the already congested road to one lane in each direction. While not indicative of causation, it does provide us a clue for how the combination of high vehicle volume and construction might elevate risk. It also suggests that route optimization might take into account construction schedules when managing risk, as well as arrival times.

While not the only consideration, risk and the factors that contribute to it, can be a valuable input for decisions related to route optimization and overall fleet management.

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