Saturday, July 07, 2001

West Chester roads make funny list

The Associated Press

        There's nothing all that funny about driving Antonio Parkway. Then it crosses Avenue de las Banderas.

        “You should see the reaction when we try to give directions. You tell people turn left at the corner of Antonio Banderas and they laugh,” said Kathleen Haton, whose city planning office is near the intersection.

        State Farm Insurance has listed the intersection as one of the top five funniest named intersections in the country.

        Road rage? Not likely at the intersections of Grinn and Barret drives in Ohio's West Chester Township; and Ho and Hum roads in Carefree, Ariz. They made the list, too.

        State Farm research agents began noticing funny combinations as they compiled a list of the country's 10 most dangerous intersections. The list was released earlier this week.

        The humor is not lost on those who live near the funny intersections.

        In West Chester, the corner of Grinn and Barret drives has long been a target of pranksters.

        “We can't keep a road sign up there,” said Mark Fitzgerald, the township's services director. “We had to put one back up for the State Farm photo. ... I'm not sure how long it will last.”


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