Royal Palm Beach home to county’s second most dangerous intersection


Antwaine Haywood knows the dangers of Southern Boulevard and State Road 7 all too well.

The Royal Palm Beach resident said he was thrown from his bicycle when a car that was turning right hit him near the intersection this past month.

“It’s horrible, it’s too many cars,” Haywood said.

The intersection had the second most crashes in Palm Beach County this past year. It saw 120.

“It doesn’t surprise me that it comes up high on the accident scale,” Royal Palm Beach Village Manager Ray Liggins said.

The intersection, which is surrounded by shopping plazas, was the site of nearly double the amount of crashes at any other Royal Palm Beach intersection.

More than half of the village’s 10 most frequent crash sites included crossroads on State Road 7. Liggins said the road’s conflicting movements make it hard to see cars coming in the opposite direction.

Haywood, who works at Star Pups near the street’s intersection with Southern Boulevard, said many bikers and pedestrians travel the roads, as well.

Southern Boulevard’s intersection with Forest Hill and Crestwood boulevards also has some visibility problems, said Valeria Vieira, who works at Smart Laundry in Crestwood Square by the intersection.

“I can’t really see (when turning left into the square) because the other cars are blocking me,” she said.

The intersection is the village’s second most frequent crash site, though Vieira said she hasn’t had many problems with it besides visibility.

Liggins said stopping red-light runners might help lower the crash count. And to do so, he suggests red-light cameras.

“I am a strong believer though that if intersections were set up with them and they were fair … it would reduce the number of accidents,” he said.

Up north in The Acreage, some residents have called the cameras a “Big Brother” tactic by the county to watch drivers. County traffic division officials have said the cameras cannot record what they see and are used to detect the presence of cars so the signal can adjust the amount of green time to accommodate traffic demand.

The county maintains traffic lights at major intersections in the village, Liggins said. He praised county officials’ work monitoring the lights’ timing.

“On your congested roadways that operated above the level of service, that’s where you get the most congestion and the most accidents,” Liggins said. “Obviously (the crossroads with the most crashes) are the heaviest traveled intersections.”


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