Tells Us: What's the Worst Intersection in Ross Township or West View?

Which road, red light or stop sign do you try to avoid?

Thursday's story about Ross Township conducting a traffic study of the McIntyre and Kane Ross intersection prompted several complaints about other intersections in the North Hills area.

One reader mentioned the intersection of McKnight and Siebert Roads; another brought up the area where Perry Highway, Three Degree Road and Sewickley Oakmont Roads connect.

So we want to know: In your opinion, which intersection in Ross or West View is the worst? How would you fix it?

Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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BO January 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Have to agree with Seibert shopping center entrances. There is post office traffic, McKnight traffic, and bold shopping center drivers just pull out further and further. I avoid that one like the plague!
DRO January 11, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Siebert McKnight. The worst.... Post office, church, busy shopping center all within, its insane that this has never been changed.
mashmapa January 11, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Lowries Run and Rochester is the absolute worst.
mashmapa January 11, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Actually if Highland Country Club becomes a development the Lowries Run/Rochester intersection is bound to become more busy. Ross Twp. should consider buying out the building that sits in the little triangle and make that intersections like a European round-about so traffic can move more smoothly without having to take your life in your hands.
J Thompson January 11, 2013 at 02:10 PM
The worst is coming over Seibert towards Mcknight from Babcock blvd. The problem is allowing people coming out of McKnight Seibert shopping center from the Starbucks side to make a LEFT towards Babcock! We need a NO LEFT turn sign! I personally got hit because someone in right lane gave the person an OK to go left and hit me coming down the hill. The section is a mess!
Mary Burke January 11, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Siebert McKnight is worst. But, once the new GetGo opens, McKnight Browns will be a nightmare. GetGo patrons should not be allowed to exit onto Browns. There simply is not enough room to squeeze into the lanes on Brown.
Mary Burke January 11, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Siebert McKnight is worst. But, once the new GetGo opens, McKnight Browns will be a nightmare. GetGo patrons should not be allowed to exit onto Browns. There simply is not enough room to squeeze into the lanes on Brown.
B Concerned January 11, 2013 at 02:21 PM
A stop sign coming down Seibert perhaps may help, to give those making a left into the plaza a chance?
B Concerned January 11, 2013 at 02:22 PM
McKnightmare, LOL!!!!!!!
B Concerned January 11, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Not as many people have to deal with pulling out of Casper onto Gas road which is on a bend. There used to be a mirror which helped but not much. I called the police dept about it and left a detailed message and asked for a return call. Thanks for the call back!! Guess public saftey not all that important. And dont let you car mirror get broken off by the township plow, you are on your own even if you have proof.
MB January 11, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Agree with Megan's comment. I visit the nursing home in that area frequently and I hate that whole intersection. Another bad one is Gass Road to Highland avenue. If you're turning off of Gass and making a left onto Highland, the people who are merging onto Highland from the right just barrel through and they are the ones that have the yield sign. And attempting to turn onto Ann Arbor is ridiculous. I can't tell you how many times in the past 21 years we've almost been hit because of the people who refuse to yield when coming from Gass and making a right on Highland.
dan January 11, 2013 at 02:35 PM
slow down, look around, and use those turn signals! don't play traffic cop by allowing someone else to go when you have the right of way. learn the rules. that is all.
woody January 11, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Megan Guenther, I completely agree with you. I do have to disclose that I'm the reader who brought up the 3 Degree/Perry Hwy/Sewickley Oakmont traffic fiasco in a comment on yesterday's article. Nice photos, BTW, Richard, of this horrible intersection(s). Nothing like getting trapped in the middle in front of BP trying to turn left (east) onto 3 Degree, or waiting in line through multiple light changes all the way back to Dairy Queen to go north on Perry Hwy. In addition to the suggestion about a left turn lane(s), I also think that the timing of these 2 adjacent lights is completely misregulated, especially during rush hour and peak weekend usage. I don't have any knowledge of traffic flow improvement and safety enhancement, but it really seems that an improvement can be made without spending a fortune by combining Megan's suggestion with better computerized coordination of these two lights. And yes, McKnight/Siebert is pretty awful, too, especially at Starbuck's.
John Melcher January 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
If I only had one road to pick, I would have to agree with you. I wonder how many accidents have happened here. I never try to make a left out of Siebert Shopping center.
Carol K January 11, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I think it is a toss up between McKnight/Seibert and Lowrie's Run/Rochester Road. The actual intersection at McKnight/Seibert is not the issue, but that of people turning left out of the shopping center at Starbuck's AND left out of the post office onto Seibert. I have always thought Lowrie's Run/Rochester Road is one big game of chicken. They need to get rid of that building sitting in the triangle and make a traditional intersection with a stop light. It would probably be beneficial to all of those little businesses right there as well.
B Concerned January 11, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I wish the commissioners read the comments on this website and re-evaluated some things.
Monica Graham Anderson January 11, 2013 at 03:03 PM
This is not a bad intersection, but rather and an intersection pet-peeve: Rochester Road & Route 19/Perry Highway. There is NO street sign for Rochester Road! When we have family come in from out of town for our kids Concerts at the Junior High, we find it riduclous that we have to give them directions without a clearly-marked street sign. And if you happen to be coming in towards the school from Babcock, there isn't a street sign for Rochester at that end either. You would think with people coming in for school events, that they would want the road to the school to be clearly marked. :-(
dave davis January 11, 2013 at 03:45 PM
3 degree 19 sewickley oakmont bad& dangerous
Kevin Y. January 11, 2013 at 04:17 PM
For me, the most frustrating intersection is the Perry/Three Degree/Sewickley Oakmont intersection. But with lights it isn't really dangerous, just frustrating, especially when you sit watching no one moving for 45 seconds because of badly timed lights... I think the most dangerous intersection is the triangle at Lowrie's Run and Rochester. Cars are moving fast and there are no lights, only stop signs. So cars can take risks, and they do.
Pam January 11, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I believe McKnight road and Nelson Run Road (bottom of hill near the Gas station side). Folks are always blocking that intersection and rolling out of the Gas station as if its a road itself, causing many fender benders (at least one per week). The whole McKnight road portion of the intersection is dangerous, I've witnessed at least one serious accident there per week, due to red light runners t-boning the Nelson Run Road cars, who have the right of way. Solution? Close the gas station exit onto Nelson Run, alleviating some congestion in that intersection, and as for McKnight Road? Your guess is as good as mine. The only way to avoid accidents, in my opinion, is to reduce the speed at which vehicles travel on McKnight Roads' hills. Placing a traffic light a 1/4th of the way down the hills on each side may alert drivers to the light at the bottom of the hill. The traffic lights certainly wouldn't hurt the residents in the apartment complex at Stevens Drive or installing a traffic light intersection, in the opposite direction, at Roseland/ Nelson Run Road Exit (near Ivory Avenue). Yes, tax dollars and more road construction to create intersections, but prudence is important when it comes to the lives of loved ones, who are getting compacted inside their cars at the bottom of the hill. Besides, it may help the commercial properties on either end, of that stretch, of McKnight Road making them easier to access, and therefore more profitable. (Tax dollars paid back!!!).
Pam January 11, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Another favorite intersection on the list is, Siebert Road and Park Place (near Ross Elementry School). Pulling out from Park Place on to Siebert Road is a game of chance, and chances are there is a vehicle heading in your direction once you have started pulling out. 100% blind spots in either direction. Solution? Since traffic on this section of Siebert always travels above the speed limit, why not slow it down by making a 3-way stop there? This way, all traffic slows down by two elementary schools nearby and the Park Place traffic can finally turn left and right without concern! This one has to irritate everyone, McKnight Road North exit for Babcock Blvd South. Just waiting to turn left off of the exit ramp is time consuming, especially during rush hour. Rush hour, whether it be morning or evening, if you don't find someone on Babcock Blvd with a kind heart to let you through, you will be waiting a long time. You will definitely be late for work or you will miss a hot dinner using that exit ramp. Solution? A traffic light or a 4 way stop (a bit more irritating in my opinion).
cm January 11, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Cornell and highland in west view.
Shannon Magnotte January 11, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Hillcrest & Babcock. It is a death trap trying to turn in and out, especially coming onto Babcock when there is a truck parked in the lot of that ill-placed convenience store. A 4 way stop would definitely improve safety, but would understandable slow the flow of traffic down Babcock. Something needs done, though. Between there and people not stopping at the Hillcrest-Maple and just tearing down the street it's horribly dangerous.
Carol K January 11, 2013 at 09:07 PM
I believe that is going to be solved with the new Highland CC development. When I first heard of the new plan, I automatically thought that intersection would be a good place to install a red light and create turning lanes into the new plan.
Nina Lyons January 12, 2013 at 05:44 AM
No doubt it's the Siebert shopping center by Starbucks turn to Siebert rd. So many on here have mentioned. I agree!! That is insane! I know a young woman who just had a collision there and had a concussion. It's horrible!! And when the church has services. Terrible. Please do something!!
Patricia & Ron SMith January 12, 2013 at 02:51 PM
A forgotten intersection is Amherst & Lehigh. This is a cutoff to avoid Highland Ave esp rush hours. They cars fly down Amherst not caring about the children or the cars coming the other way. A big help would be 4 way stop Lehigh & Amherst It might at least slow the traffic a bit thanks
Rick Mock January 13, 2013 at 04:14 AM
I drive around North Hills every day. The most dangerous spot is near the Get Go on Babcock Blvd, I have seen MANY near misses. Lines back up onto Babcock and drivers making left turns out of GetGo cause many near misses. People also stop in both directions trying to enter..
Pam January 13, 2013 at 06:17 AM
@Rick, I do believe there are even " no left turns" signs in the get go lot and everyone ignores them, just as they ignore the no left hand turn signs at the bank (first Niigara) just further up three degree!
Rick Mock January 13, 2013 at 02:02 PM
You are right,,,I hope that when the new GetGo opens on McKnight, they will close Babcock, or at least it won't be as hectic. However it remains to be seen what McKnight and Brown's Ln will become once the GetGo opens !
JP January 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Duncan Manor (Duncan, Ferguson, Thompson Run)...HELP! :)


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