Airway Heights business owner concerned about safety of intersection

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by KREM.com & Othello Richards

KREM.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 6:41 PM

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- Authorities said slick roads and driving too fast for conditions contributed to head-on wreck in Airway Heights early Wednesday morning.

Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash at Spotted Road and Highway 2. It was the second injury crash in the last week.

The owner of Longhorn Barbeque, which is located in the same area, calls the intersection a problem area. Bill Miller said there are wrecks at the location all the time, and he says it does not matter whether it is summer or winter.

Miller said drivers wait for a long time to make a left-hand turn onto the highway, where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour, and often misjudge the speed and proximity of oncoming cars.

State Transportation officials report 18 serious wrecks at the intersection in the past five years, and point out there is many intersections that have much higher crash rate. Funding for any traffic and safety-improvement projects are on the low end of the State’s priority list.

Troopers said drivers just need to be more cautious at these types of intersections.

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