04 May Arizona’s I-10 Is Among the Most Dangerous Highways in the U.S.
Vital to America’s transportation infrastructure, Arizona’s Interstate 10 (I-10) runs the entire length of the U.S., providing an essential thoroughfare for interstate commerce.
One section of this highway, however, presents some serious risks to motorists: the 150-mile stretch of the I-10 that runs from Phoenix to the California border. In fact, the treacherous nature of this section of the I-10 has led some locals to deem it “The Highway to Hell.”
That nickname and many others are warranted, some say, because nearly 85 people are killed each year on this stretch of the I-10. And that fatality rate represents more than 10 percent of the of the total vehicle-related death rate associated with all of Arizona’s roadways in a given year.1
Why Is AZ I-10 So Dangerous?
The AZ I-10 spans a total of 2,460 miles across the U.S. The 150-mile stretch from Phoenix to California is particularly dangerous – and has been deemed to be one of the deadliest sections of highways in the U.S. – due to the following reasons:
- The volume of traffic – In Phoenix alone, it’s estimated that, annually, at least 287,000 motorists travel on the I-10. Given that more than 94 percent of all traffic crashes in the U.S. involve some form of human error, more motorists on the roads can naturally translate into a higher risk of crashes, injuries and deaths.
- A lack of median barriers – In other words, this stretch of highway has minimal (if any) barriers dividing oncoming lanes of traffic. This sharply increases the risk of catastrophic (if not fatal) head-on collisions, especially considering the higher speeds that motorists are usually traveling at when traversing this Interstate.
- A lack of guardrails – An absence of guardrails can mean a greater risk of rollovers and other types of accidents, particularly when drivers aren’t fully focused on the road, when tire blowouts (and other equipment defects) occur, etc.
While officials at the Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT) are reportedly developing a “Roadway Departure Safety Plan” to try to reduce auto accidents on the I-10 (and other roadways throughout the state), it remains to be seen if their Plan will be effective at preventing crashes and saving lives.
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1“10 of America’s Most Dangerous Roads” published in Popular Mechanics, April 2013.