South Jersey Circles- A collection of aerials and information
A lot of folks traveling from out of the area are unaware of the mysteries of traveling around our South Jersey Circles. It is what makes us a bit unique to the rest of the country.
Here are the rules of navigating our famous circles for those visiting from out-of-state:
“South Jersey Circle Etiquette”- The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right of way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection.
When 2 vehicles enter an intersection at the same time the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right of way to the driver of the vehicle on the right.”. Since a circle is comprised as a series of uncontrolled intersections, the driver to the right (entering the circle) has the right of way.
New Jersey at one point had a total of 101 traffic circles, 44 of which were part of state roads. However, the number has shrunk as traffic circles have been phased out by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. In the 1920s and 1930s, New Jersey felt that traffic circles were an efficient way for moving traffic through three or more intersecting roads.
Located right down the street… This circle…..
One rather traffic succubus and still in existence today, is that of both Brooklawn Circles.
This photo was taken upon its completion. Notice no Brooklawn Diner or Hess gas station and not much erosion coming off the Delaware River.
The circle is currently a nightmare especially when it is flooded as shown in the photo below. Flooding is usually a very common site. It creates a traffic fiasco.
This is an anomaly. The intersection of Kings Highway/Centerton Road in Swedesboro. I thought New Jersey was getting rid of circles. As per the above mentioned, as circles are suppose to be phasing out. However, this was recently completed in early 2013.