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GREENSBORO, N.C.--The Greensboro Transportation Engineering Division is making improvements to the some of the city's most dangerous intersections for drivers and pedestrians.

Greensboro Department of Transportation Engineering Manager Chris Spencer said every year the city releases the Traffic Safety Program Report, an annual study based on traffic reports and accident reports from the Greensboro Police Department.

Spencer said adding an extra yield to pedestrian sign or filling in the cross walk pavement will remind drivers to pay attention.

"There's a wide variety of reasons why accidents can happen, and some we can help and  some we can't, but we do the best we can to try to alleviate those patterns we see," Spencer said.

According to the study, in 2012 there were 22 fatal crashes at Greensboro intersections compared to 13 in 2011.

Spencer said the improvements can cost from as little as one hundred dollars for extra signage, to a couple thousand for signal improvements.

After the improvements, a "before and after" study is done to see if the changes worked.

The studies for this year's report were on the following intersections between 2009 and 2011: Benbow Road and Market Street, Church Street and Friendly Avenue, Coliseum Boulevard and Florida Street, Freeman Mill Road and Lovett Street/Willora Street Holden Road and Wendover Avenue.

All of the intersections showed a reduction of  8 to 12 collisions, except Benbow and Market Street, which had 6 more collisions.

All 15 traffic improvements listed here will be funded through the GDOT maintenance budget.