Tampa Bay's 30 worst intersections, according to FDOT crash data

It's not just your imagination, traffic in Tampa Bay is, in fact, statistically terrible. And, it makes sense—with rapid growth comes increased traffic.

Tampa Bay is indeed growing faster than most metros in the United States. According to a 2020 study from financial site Wallethub, the Bay area was the 9th fastest growing metro in the country for population growth. So it's not hard to understand that last summer a different study from auto insurance site Quote Wizard ranked the Tampa metro as the 4th worst area in the country for traffic accidents.

With this in mind, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay was curious exactly where these high volume traffic accidents were happening. So, what follows is the most recently available intersection data from FDOT, spanning 2015-2019.

Of course, crashes on FDOT highways don't paint a complete picture of Tampa Bay's "carmageddon," mostly because this data doesn't include accidents that occured on county and city-owned roads. But it's worth noting that FDOT highways and roads are often the busiest, most traveled arteries throughout Tampa Bay.

Plus, it's important to point out that the following data only represents intersections with lights. So, you may notice some intersections (like Hillsborough and I-275), are actually listed here multiple times, because multiple streets converge in what appears to be the same spot.

There's actually a lot to unpack here. For starters, quite a few of Tampa Bay's big suburban intersections are well represented and are also some of the worst intersections in the area—we're looking at you Riverview, Brandon, and Largo.

But the most shocking revelation here is without a doubt Pinellas County's main  north and south artery, U.S.-Highway 19, which might as well be Fury Road. Of the 30 Tampa Bay intersections listed, which make up a total of 13,864 crashes, US-19 alone is responsible for 4,842.

If anything, this article will help you know where to avoid, and perhaps take another look at your insurance. 
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US 92 @ I 275, TAMPA
Total crashes:536
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 7
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 3
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US 92 @ I 275, TAMPA

Total crashes:536
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 7
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 3
US 19 @ GULF TO BAY BLVD, CLEARWATER
Total crashes: 660
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 13
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 8
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US 19 @ GULF TO BAY BLVD, CLEARWATER

Total crashes: 660
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 13
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 8
US 19 @ TAMPA RD, PALM HARBOR
Total crashes:642
Total fatalities: 2
Severe crashes: 13
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 2
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US 19 @ TAMPA RD, PALM HARBOR

Total crashes:642
Total fatalities: 2
Severe crashes: 13
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 2
US 19 @ CURLEW RD, PALM HARBOR
Total crashes:613
Total fatalities: 2
Severe crashes: 13
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 8
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US 19 @ CURLEW RD, PALM HARBOR

Total crashes:613
Total fatalities: 2
Severe crashes: 13
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 8
US 19 @ DREW ST, CLEARWATER
Total crashes:591
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 8
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 13
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US 19 @ DREW ST, CLEARWATER

Total crashes:591
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 8
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 13
SR 60 @ S BELCHER RD, CLEARWATER
Total crashes:542
Total fatalities: 3
Severe crashes: 7
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 18
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SR 60 @ S BELCHER RD, CLEARWATER

Total crashes:542
Total fatalities: 3
Severe crashes: 7
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 18
US 19 @ EAST BAY DR, LARGO
Total crashes:542
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 13
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 11
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US 19 @ EAST BAY DR, LARGO

Total crashes:542
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 13
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 11
SR 589 @ SR 580, TOWN 'N' COUNTRY
Total crashes:531
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 10
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 3
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SR 589 @ SR 580, TOWN 'N' COUNTRY

Total crashes:531
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 10
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 3
SR 60 @ BRANDON TOWN CENTER DR, BRANDON
Total crashes:516
Total fatalities: 2
Severe crashes: 9
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 8
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SR 60 @ BRANDON TOWN CENTER DR, BRANDON

Total crashes:516
Total fatalities: 2
Severe crashes: 9
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 8
SR 582 @ 30TH ST, TAMPA
Total crashes:501
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 4
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 5
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SR 582 @ 30TH ST, TAMPA

Total crashes:501
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 4
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 5
US 301 @ GIBSONTON DR, RIVERVIEW
Total crashes:487
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 17
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 6
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US 301 @ GIBSONTON DR, RIVERVIEW

Total crashes:487
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 17
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 6
US 92 @ CHEROKEE AVE, TAMPA
Total crashes:469
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 7
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 2
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US 92 @ CHEROKEE AVE, TAMPA

Total crashes:469
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 7
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 2
US 301 @ PROGRESS BLVD, BRANDON
Total crashes:467
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 11
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 6
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US 301 @ PROGRESS BLVD, BRANDON

Total crashes:467
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 11
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 6
US 19 @ PARK BLVD N, PINELLAS PARK
Total crashes:463
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 6
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 7
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US 19 @ PARK BLVD N, PINELLAS PARK

Total crashes:463
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 6
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 7
CR 1 @ RIDGE RD, NEW PORT RICHEY
Total crashes:450
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 40
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 7
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CR 1 @ RIDGE RD, NEW PORT RICHEY

Total crashes:450
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 40
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 7
DALE MABRY HWY @ WATERS AVE, TAMPA
Total crashes:436
Total fatalities: 3
Severe crashes: 5
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 18
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DALE MABRY HWY @ WATERS AVE, TAMPA

Total crashes:436
Total fatalities: 3
Severe crashes: 5
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 18
SR 574 @ I 275, TAMPA
Total crashes:427
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 9
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 8
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SR 574 @ I 275, TAMPA

Total crashes:427
Total fatalities: 1
Severe crashes: 9
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 8
SR 574 @ I 275, TAMPA
Total crashes:419
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 9
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 0
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SR 574 @ I 275, TAMPA

Total crashes:419
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 9
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 0
US 41 @ SR 54, LAND 'O LAKES 
Total crashes:414
Total fatalities: 2
Severe crashes: 21
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 5
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US 41 @ SR 54, LAND 'O LAKES

Total crashes:414
Total fatalities: 2
Severe crashes: 21
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 5
US 19 @ MAIN ST, DUNEDIN
Total crashes:401
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 3
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 5
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US 19 @ MAIN ST, DUNEDIN

Total crashes:401
Total fatalities: 0
Severe crashes: 3
Pedestrian and bike injuries: 5
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