As several residents oppose construction of a Taco Bell at the intersection of Buena Vista Street and Burbank Boulevard because of the number of accidents there, new traffic figures indicate the problem may be worse than first thought.
Earlier this year, Burbank officials looked at traffic-collision rates along Buena Vista from the beginning of 2006 to mid-2010 and found 20 accidents at the intersection with Burbank Boulevard, making it the second-most accident-prone intersection along Buena Vista.
But in the past year alone, police have logged 15 collisions at the intersection, Sgt. Robert Quesada said, making it the third-most dangerous intersection in the entire city. It tied with Hollywood Way at Magnolia Avenue.
The new figures could bolster the argument of residents who live near the proposed Taco Bell, who say the fast-food restaurant would make an already dangerous intersection worse.
The intersection at Victory Boulevard and Hollywood Way had the most accidents during the past year with 20, Quesada said, followed by the 2600 block of Hollywood Way near Bob Hope Airport with 16.