MAP: Where Do Accidents in Northfield Happen?

Here's a visual look back at where in Northfield vehicle accidents happened from Aug. 23-Sept. 23, 2012.

Here's a visual look back at reports of vehicle accidents from Aug. 23-Sept. 23, 2012, to Northfield Police.

Editor's note: All information listed is public and comes from the Northfield Police Department. Locations represented are approximate addresses and are not exact.

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Corey Butler Jr. September 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Thanks for your continued advocacy, Kathy. I hope to do a monthly look at the accidents/wrecks in the previous month. I'm kind of hopeful that we'll have too few each month to warrant a post.
John September 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
the accidents at the walgreens does not suprise me. that is a very busy intersection with bad visibility. It desperately needs a light, anyone looking to go west on 19 from there is most likely in for a long wait until it's safe. I'm honestly suprised there aren't more, I notice many drivers act confused at 4 way stops. I often see people sitting, for what seems like minutes (i'm sure i'm a bit impatient), at the intersections trying to figure out who goes next.....It's YOU, that's why the other 3 cars are waiting....for YOU. It's your turn! GO!. then we give up waiting for the person who's turn it actually is, and go....and almost cause an accident, because they finally decided to go too.
Corey Butler Jr. September 26, 2012 at 01:41 PM
John, are there any other intersections that you've found difficult to travel through? A place that needs a stop sign or stoplight or maybe just a confusing area?
John September 26, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Yes, I think Just about every intersection along Hwy 3 needs a light. Not necessarily for cars, but for pedestrians to easily cross. The only spots that have crosswalks/lights are where 5th street, and 2nd street cross. St. Olaf, Greenvale, and 3rd need lights too. Even from a cars point of view, intersections of St. Olaf and Greenvale with Hwy 3 intersection is almost as dangerous as the Walgreens/KwikTrip intersection for those trying to turn left onto either Greenvale or St. Olaf Ave when traffic is at peak. But just Try to cross hwy 3 at either of those locations with small children, or if you were elderly...it's scarey sometimes, because traffic is NOT going the speed along that stretch of Hwy 3.
Betsy Gasior September 28, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Having a stoplight everywhere is horrible for traffic flow, and increases the number of people trying to race through yellow lights, I feel. However, if there were more pedestrian crossings like those at Malt-O-Meal, and slower speed limits, I think that would help pedestrians. I do feel that the intersection of 246 and Jefferson Parkway could use a stoplight, however. That is a very dangerous intersection that has had a couple of fatal pedestrian accidents, and is right by three schools. I noticed traffic count strips the other day, perhaps the city and the state are trying to work out a deal.


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