Another circle bites the dust in NJ

NJ’s circles being phased out, which is a shame cause the traffic circle originated in NJ. And I know some folks loathe them, but when done properly they are more efficient then a traffic light. Generally the bigger they are, the more effective they are allowing for a smooth flow of traffic. This of course takes up a larger amount of real estate, but it’s long sweeping ramps on the entrances and exits to the NJ Turnpike that helped make it the envy of toll road designers worldwide because it made for greater safety. Yeah, yeah, imagine that, something done in Jersey that folks thought was good!

The only problem is knowing whether the people in the circle have the right of way or the people coming into the circle have the right of way. Generally speaking, in north jersey it’s people in the circle, and in south jersey it’s the other way around. And I don’t think either way is necesarily right, I think it depends on the road configuration.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rob on July 1, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Up in New England they call them rotarys and the cars inside the circle ALWAYS have the right of way. Otherwise you would gridlock if traffic outside the circle had right of way.


  2. Posted by davidp on August 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    As a new driver, I dreaded the (2) circles on Rt 23 in Morris County. They were so close that you didn’t even get done thanking the Almighty that you made it through the 1st one… as you were entering the second one!


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