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Updated: 03/02/2018 09:09:40AM

Planners gather wreck stats on U.S. 27

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A snapshot of a presentation at the recent Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization shows five years of wrecks on U.S. 27 at Schumacher Road/Sebring Parkway. Most, said HRTPO Transportation Systems Manager Bob Crawley, are rear-end wrecks, but he said motorists' frustration at trying to get in and out of WalMart, lower left, contributes to congestion and danger there.


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SEBRING — Transportation managers with the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization have begun crunching numbers on wrecks in the region.

Those on U.S. 27, the primary corridor through Highlands County for cargo, commuters, residents and travelers, appear to occur most frequently at crossover median cuts: where side-street traffic crosses six lanes and/or turns left onto the highway. Preliminary analysis by the Highlands News-Sun, using statistical data from the HRTPO, indicates that 69 percent of the fatal wrecks from 2011-2015 occurred at such locations. Two such locations had two fatalities in single wrecks.

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