Where Is Salem's Most Dangerous Intersection?

There are plenty to choose from - which Salem intersection gives you the most trouble?

It seems like every week we get an email from one of our readers complaining about their experience with one of Salem's more notorious intersections.

Whether it's a crossing signal that doesn't work, a traffic light that changes too quickly or a spot in the city where motorists seem to ignore pedestrians, we want to know: where is Salem's most dangerous intersection?

Don't just let us know where it is - let us know what you think should be done to make it safer by leaving a comment for your neighbors in the comments section below.

Derek B January 14, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Forest, Lafayette, Clifton crossing. Put up a set of lights that trigger when there is a car waiting.
bobhc2 January 14, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Valley St at highland ave several people have been seriously injured and killed at that intersection becasue of higher speeds on highland ave and people try and take a left turn on to highland from Valley instead of using cherry hill ave which has the light and is much safer! I feel that if you made valley a one way from Cherry hill to highland ave so that cars are forced to use Cherry hill ave or atlease put a sign to encourage cars to use Cherry instead!
drew from salem January 14, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Still waiting for those lights to come back to the crosswalks at Winter and Bridge. Half the time, people only look left when turning right onto Bridge. Buses and large trucks block sight-lines there as well. All this before you add in tourists who are only looking at directional signs when trying to come into the city. Been one too many close calls when trying to cross safely while pushing a stroller.
K January 14, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Agree with Drew about Winter and Bridge. They need a walk signal there. As a pedestrian, nobody stops for you at that crosswalk. My husband, my 2 year old, and I will stand there and wait and wait and wait. Then I'll step into the crosswalk and wait and wait and wait. Then up at the Bridge St/Bypass intersection. Everyone turns right on red when the walk signal is on. We've had too many close calls there.
Josh Turiel January 14, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Derek, we do have new lights going in there shortly. They won't trigger when a car is there, but they will have an overhead light for pedestrians to cross by - so they should finally be seen by passing cars.
Carolyn Costain January 14, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Tremont and Grove is horrid! There is a stop sign but only one out of 5 cars stop at it. I sent a letter and a video over a year ago about the problem to the Mayor but nothing has been done. If cars were ticketed for going through the stop sign "this city would never have a budget problem, It would be rich!" Since those stop signs went in, the noise level of cars honking and people yelling at other for stopping has got real bad. The city should turn Grove into a One-way from Tremont down to the stop sign intersection near the Moose and a no left turn onto Grove from Tremont heading towards Peabody and tear down the useless stop signs on Tremont!
Rachel Warner January 14, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Washington and Federal needs to be updated. There is no light there and there is also a blind spot next to the courthouse. The crossing light at Federal and North hasn't been working properly either.
Edward January 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Intersection of Chestnut, Summer and Norman Streets. Only '+' shaped intersection in Salem wihout traffic lights or a stop sign.
Anthony O'Donnell January 15, 2013 at 01:36 AM
The corner of Flint and Mason Streets is the worst intersection in the City. Flint Street needs to be one way and or no parking on the street. You can't have it both ways without accidents.
gene January 15, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Chestnut St has a stop sign and Norman St has a "yield" sign.
Chris January 15, 2013 at 03:23 AM
"Flint Street needs to be one way and or no parking on the street." I think that every time I drive down Flint. Some very well connected people must live on that end of Flint St for it not to be a one-way street, or at the very least no parking either side. There's no way anyone from the City could drive down there and think it's safe the way it is right now.
Carolyn Costain January 15, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I agree with you that Flint st is bad! Half of that street is wide enough to be a two-way but the other half towards Mason is not big enough for a two-way "at all" with parking. The people that live there should be able to park in front of their houses and the City should turn it into a one-way towards Bridge st.
melas January 21, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Please don't talk about dangerous intersections because the city keeps putting up new traffic lights, but they never remove existing lights, which means gridlock is going to get worse and worse. Please, for the love of God, can we just enforce basic traffic rules rather than putting a traffic light at every possible intersection. There is inherent risk associated with diving and some risk should be acceptable. I do support the installation of at least one recent traffic light; the spot where Swampscott Road and Highland Ave meet was very dangerous for a driver who would try to cross the highway, however, I don't understand the "No turn on Red" when simply taking a right from Swampscott Rd to Highland Ave. This is the kind of over enforcement that causes long lines of traffic on Swampscott Rd for drivers who simply want to turn right onto Highland Ave. Not so long ago drivers were freely crossing the highway without any lights and now they can't even turn right without waiting for a long, multiple sequence traffic signal. We should allow some judgment on the part of the driver when making a simple right turn. Watch this footage of Americans driving before we decided to make everything illegal, including 16 oz soda. Click here> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4JHj4wFpXk This film illustrates how over protective and silly some of our “no turn on red” signs are. No gridlock in this film.


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