List of traffic circles in New Jersey
This is a list of traffic circles in New Jersey. The U.S. state of 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. Built in 1925, the first traffic circle in New Jersey was the Airport Circle in Pennsauken. Many of these interchanges are rotaries in design, as opposed to the more successful modern roundabout.
As suburban and rural populations grew New Jersey's traffic circles became outdated. The increased number of drivers on the roads resulted in traffic circles being more likely to hinder traffic than help it. Increased number of vehicles and faster traffic speeds made traffic circles more dangerous and accidents common. Many traffic circles became notorious for having frequent accidents and being confusing, especially for non-locals. Starting around the 1970s, the New Jersey Department of Transportation began phasing out traffic circles. Common methods of eliminating traffic circles are building a road through the circle, adding traffic lights, and the use of grade separation.
Modified traffic circles are intersections where parts or all of the original circle still exist as a major part of the intersection.
|Airport Circle (Newark)||Newark||Defunct||US 1/9, NJ 21, US 22||Eliminated due to the construction of the NJ Turnpike and the subsequent expansion of Newark Airport.|
||Modified||US 30, US 130, NJ 70, NJ 38, Kaighn Ave.||First traffic circle in New Jersey. Built 1925, opened 1927. Traffic lights, ramps and overpasses have been added.|
|Airport Circle||Egg Harbor Township
||Modified||CR 563, CR 646, Amelia Earhart Blvd.||Entrance to the Atlantic City International Airport. In 2011, the circle was revised to allow Delilah Road motorists to pass straight through the circle, plus the addition of traffic signals. Direct connection ramps are proposed to help funnel traffic to and from the airport.|
|Alexander Street Circle (Roundabout)||Princeton
||Recent||Alexander Street, University Place||Opened February 2014.|
||Modified||Allwood Road (CR 602), Bloomfield Avenue (CR 622)||Reconfigured to roundabout alignment.|
|Allenwood Circle (Hurleys Corner Circle)||Allenwood
||Original||NJ 34 & Allaire Road||Built in the 1930s to support increased traffic in the area.|
|Asbury Park Circle||Asbury Park
||Original||NJ 35, NJ 66, CR 16||Built in the 1940s to support increased traffic in the area.|
||Modified||US 30, NJ 41|||
||Modified||US 1/9, New Jersey Route 439||Originally built to connect the Edgar Plank Road with Elizabeth's Spring Street (via a modified Carlton Street between Edgar Road and the circle and a brand-new highway between Spring Street and the circle), both of which are now part of US 1/9.|
|Berlin Circle||Berlin Township
||Defunct||NJ 73, Berlin-Cross Keys Rd., Walker Ave.|||
|Boulevard and Passaic Avenue Circle||Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge
||Original||Boulevard, Passaic Ave.||While there wasn't a circle in this town originally, increased traffic required a circle to be built.|
|Bound Brook Circle||Bound Brook
||Recent||East Main St and Bolmer Blvd.||One of the newer traffic circles in the state. Built in the early-mid 2000s as a traffic calming solution at a former three-way intersection, and also as part of a realignment of the same intersection.|
|Brielle Circle||Wall Township
||Defunct||NJ 34, NJ 35, NJ 70||Replaced with an at-grade intersection with jughandles.|
||Recent||CR 520, Campus Drive
||Added in 2007; previously an at-grade intersection with a traffic light. Located at the entrance to Brookdale Community College and the Lincroft Bible Church.|
|Browning Road Circle||Pennsauken||Defunct|
|Brunswick Circle||Trenton and Lawrence
||US 206, US 1 Bus., CR 645|
|Burnet Street Circle||New Brunswick||Defunct|
|Camp Merritt Memorial Circle||Cresskill
||CR 505 (Knickerbocker Rd.), Madison Ave.|
|Cardiff Circle||Egg Harbor
||Defunct||US 40, US 322, CR 563|||
|Charlotte Circle||Jersey City
||New as of 2014||County Route 528, Old York Road (County Route 660)||Technically a Roundabout|
||Modified||G.S. Pkwy., CR 613, CR 632||Exit 135 of the Garden State Pkwy., traffic lights added in 2007.|
|College Drive Circle (Roundabout)||Blackwood
||CR 673||Built in 2009 at the entrance to Camden County College. 3 other traffic circles were built on college grounds, along with new service roads for improved safety and more accessibility to the college, near Route 42 and Route 168.|
||Defunct||US 30, US 130, White Horse Pike, Woodlynne Ave.||Replaced by an at-grade intersection with jughandles in 2009.|
|Collingwood Circle||Wall Township
||NJ 33, NJ 34, CR 547|
|Cooper Landing Circle||Cherry Hill
||Modified||NJ 38, Cooper Landing Road, Church Road|
||US 130, CR 539, CR 685|
||Defunct||NJ 35, NJ 36|
|Eisenhower Traffic Circle||Lakehurst
||NJ 70, Union Ave., South Union Ave., Pine St., Myrtle Ave.|
|Ellisburg Circle||Cherry Hill
||Defunct||NJ 41, NJ 70, NJ 154|||
||US 202, NJ 12, NJ 31||To be replaced with a modern roundabout.|
|Four Mile Circle||Southampton, Pemberton
||NJ 70, NJ 72, CR 644, CR 646|
|Franklin Lake Circle||Franklin Lakes
||Defunct||US 9, NJ 33 Bus., Manalapan Ave.|
||NJ 37, NJ 70|
|Laurelton Circle||Brick Township
||Defunct||NJ 70, NJ 88, CR 630|
||Defunct||US 46, NJ 10, Circle Dr.||
Converted to 3-way signaled intersection (late 1990s)
||Defunct||CR 607, CR 615|
|Little Ferry Circle||Little Ferry
||Defunct||US 46, Bergen Tpke.|
||Modified||Eisenhower Parkway, NJ 10 (Mt. Pleasant Ave.), W Northfield Rd.|
|Main Street Circle||Flemington
||NJ 12, Main St., South Main St., Reaville Ave.|
|Manasquan Circle||Wall Township
||NJ 35, CR 524 Spur|
|Marlton Circle||Evesham Township
||Defunct||NJ 70, NJ 73||Replaced with an interchange in 2011.|
|CR 505 (W Palisade Ave.), Tenafly Rd., Bennett Rd., Lafayette Ave.|
|Morlot Avenue Bridge Circle||Paterson
||Defunct||NJ 20, CR 651|
||Defunct||US 46, NJ 183||Converted to 4-way intersection (August 2013)|
|Park Avenue and Passaic Avenue||Rutherford
||NJ 31, CR 546, CR 640||Metering lights added in late 2015|
|Penns Neck Circle||West Windsor
||Modified||US 1, CR 571|
|Pole Tavern Circle||Upper Pittsgrove
||US 40, NJ 77, CR 604, CR 635|
|Pudgy Circle||McGuire AFB, New Hanover Township
||McGuire Blvd, First Street|
|Race Track Circle||Cherry Hill
||Defunct||NJ 70, CR 644|||
|Red Lion Circle||Southampton
||US 206, NJ 70|
||Defunct||US 1, NJ 39, Hendricks Causeway|
|Route 12 Circle / Dvoor's Circle||Raritan Township
||NJ 12, CR 523, Mine St.|
|Routes 1 & 130 Circle||North Brunswick
||Defunct||US 1, US 130, NJ 171||Replaced by at-grade intersection, now an interchange.|
|Somers Point Circle||Somers Point
||Defunct||NJ 52, CR 559, CR 585||Replaced by an intersection with traffic signals.|
|Somerville Circle||Bridgewater, Raritan
||Modified||US 202, US 206, NJ 28||An overpass and traffic lights were added in the 1990s.|
||Modified||Park Avenue, Orient Way, Union Avenue, and Erie Avenue||Rebuilt August 2003 - 2005|
|Tonnele Circle||Jersey City
||Modified||US 1/9, US 1/9 Truck, NJ 139, Tonnele Ave.|
||Defunct||US 9, NJ 35, Chevalier Ave., Main St.||Replaced with a diamond interchange in 2006.|
||CR 645, CR 642|
||CR 509, CR 610, NJ 28, Westfield Ave., Watterson St.||Expanded to two lanes in 2005 with one way designations added to Watterson St. (Inbound), and Westfield Ave. (Outbound)|
|White Horse Circle||White Horse
||Modified||US 206, CR 524, CR 533|
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