A new report from the City of Guelph reveals the intersections with the highest proportion of collisions resulting in death or major injury.

The 2017-2021 Collision Report tracks crashes over the last five years, finding a collision occurs roughly every 4.5 hours in Guelph. A fatal crash happens about every 107 days.

It shows while the overall number of collisions declined from 2017 to 2021 – something the report says can be partially attributed to a reduction in traffic due to the pandemic – the percentage of collisions that resulted in injury stayed the same.

The City of Guelph wants to change that.

“We are focusing as a part of our vision zero initiatives to eliminate severe and fatal injury outcomes from collisions,” says Steve Anderson, transportation engineering manager for the City of Guelph.

The report says three-quarters of collisions resulting in injuries happen at intersections.

The intersection with the highest percentage of crashes resulting in death or major injuries is Gordon Street and Maltby Road. Of the 21 collisions that happened there between 2017 and 2021, 11 resulted in injuries.

The rural four-way intersection currently has two stop signs, but Anderson says that will soon change, as it now meets the provincial requirements for a traffic signal.

“We will be installing a traffic signal there towards the back half of 2022,” Anderson says.

The intersection with the highest frequency of collisions resulting in injuries is Edinburgh Road South and Wellington Street West. Between 2017 and 2021, 117 crashes happened there, 23 of those resulted in injury.

The City of Guelph says it’s taking steps to improve the 10 intersections and stretches of road with the highest percentage of serious collisions. Measures being considered include adding more visible crossings and changing the timing of pedestrian crossing lights – something called a “leading pedestrian interval.”

“It brings up the walk signal before the vehicle green comes, so it lets the pedestrian get further out, more visible in the intersection, before traffic, which really helps with right and left turns to see pedestrians,” Anderson explains.