Highway between Phoenix, Las Vegas ranked as most dangerous in US
PHOENIX — A weekend getaway to Sin City could be a dangerous one for Phoenix residents, according to a recent study.
A June study from the personal finance website ValuePenguin found that U.S. 93, the main highway between Phoenix and Las Vegas, was the most dangerous highway in the United States.
Seventy fatal crashes occurred on this stretch of road between 2010 and 2016, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System found.
The study found that the majority of those fatal crashes occurred along the segment in Mohave County.
But Alberto Gutier with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety told KTAR News 92.3 FM that the highway has gotten much safer along the years.
“I have been traveling 93 from Phoenix to Las Vegas for over 50 years and I could tell you that this is one of those highways that has seen incredible improvement,” he said.
The highway runs about 200 miles between Wickenburg and the Hoover Dam. Gutier said the Arizona Department of Transportation has “done a terrific job” in improving the highway, including extending a majority of the lanes from two to four.
“It used to be all the way two lanes, now quite a bit of the stretch has been converted to four lanes in some of the most dangerous parts of highway 93,” he added.
Gutier admitted that the stretch between Kingman and the Hoover Dam continues to see some crashes, but said ADOT has “great plans for the future” after investing $500,000 to improve the highway.
The study also found that the State Route 9 in Oklahoma, U.S. 160 in Colorado, Interstate 5 in California and Interstate 10 in Texas rounded out the top five most dangerous highways in the United States.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Madison Spence contributed to this report.