DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Seven accidents in one month have happened all in the same construction zone at C-470 and South Broadway. It’s the same area where two construction workers were killed by a car in November.
It’s one of the busiest and most dangerous intersections in Douglas County.
“People running through lights and trying to get the yellow light before it turns red,” Douglas County driver Benicia Murillo said.
“I’ve seen crazy drivers getting off on Broadway from C-470. The exit gets backed up, people don’t pay attention and they have to whip into another lane, so it’s caused accidents on C-470 as well,” Douglas County driver Debbie Shannon said.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says 55,000 cars pass through the orange cones every day. The accidents don’t surprise Murillo.
“People just cut you off,” she said. “People don’t regard the construction going on. They want to do what they want to do and they don’t care.”
Signs clearly warn drivers that fines will be doubled in that area. Even so, Douglas County deputies wrote nearly 60 tickets the first week in January.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reed says it’s a combination of a four-lane road being squeezed down to two lanes, and distracted drivers. He says authorities are now increasing patrols in the area, but ultimately it’s the drivers who have to change.
“Slow down, pay even more attention, and maybe we can get by without anyone else getting hurt,” Reed said.