Roundabout Traffic Circle on Oak Street Could be Replaced With 4-Way Stop

The roundabout Traffic Circle on Oak Street is expected to soon be replaced by a four-way stop sign, officials say. The roundabout circle installed at Oak Street and Albert Avenue in 2010, has been the cause of multiple accidents officials say, and after neighbors complained, the Committee acted.

The recommendation to install the Traffic Circle came from the Engineering Department following a traffic study in the area, a Traffic & Safety officer said at the time.

The circle was placed at the intersection after it was opened to allow for motorists to travel from New Hampshire Avenue to River Avenue.

Mayor Albert Akerman and Committeeman Menashe Miller visited the intersection yesterday to review the plan.

At last week’s Township Committee meeting, a first reading to convert it into a 4-way stop, was passed. TLS.

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  1. They have to take care of the ppl who park on the shoulders in the front of the schools on oak st, when there is a big empty parking lot! People never learn until a tragic accident happen. what a waste of money!

  2. What exactly do people mean when they say “until there is a tragic accident no one will learn…” there is a tragic accident almost every day in lakewood!! When will people learn to drive carefully!?!? Stop blaming the over populated developments and lack of traffic lights! The problem is people drive like maniacs! They are always speeding hardly stopping at stop signs and talking and texting! So stop blaming the town and drive carefully. And at the same time even if legally pedestrians have the right of way don’t run accross route 9 or any other street unless you know the cars are for sure stopping

  3. I can’t understand the logic of installing the circle to begin with. Traffic circles are being eliminated throughout NJ because of the potential for accidents. All this traffic circle does is confuse. 4-way yield sign?? Can’t remember ever seeing one anywhere else. Absurd.

  4. Why is it so hard to follow a simple traffic circle? Perhaps add a street light to the circle instead of replacing with a 4 way stop sign. Stop signs will just make traffic to the area

  5. You will never get a 4 way stop on Route 9 & Oak St. IT has to be approved by the State DOT and putting something in for a Stop sign is rediculous on River Ave..You just have to learn to pay attention more..No More Traffic Lights- just pay attention when and where you drive and get off your cell phones. That will decrease accidents by half I should think.
    A Stop Sign in the middle of Route 9 Really??!!! that would cause more accidents if that showed up there

  6. #7 who needed that new light at Pine street and ave. of the states. that is a real waste. just let’s get vine street going to ceaderbridge and make it a one way towards pine only so that we don’t have to be caught up on vine for cars who want to turn onto vine. this is the problem on mlk and pine.

  7. I live in the area. Numerous times I have entered the traffic circle from Albert and have almost been hit by someone flying through from Oak. Unless I am mistaken, cars from all directions are supposed to yield to cars already in the circle. If for some reason this is not clear to all then a 4-way stop sign would be a good way to remove the ambiguity.

  8. It is indeed correct that cars approaching are supposed to yield to cars already in the circle. The problem is that since it’s such a small circle, there’s often no one in the circle (it only takes seconds to pass through) so the approaching car doesn’t slow down. suddenly, as they’re entering it, there’s another car doing the same exact thing from a different entrance. In a larger traffic circle that would work fine but because this one is so small, they’re suddenly right on top of each other!!!

  9. Well, is it a roundabout or a traffiic circle? They are not the same things. If you want to see the difference between a traffic circle, a rotary (UK roundabout) and a modern roundabout, search to see pictures. And here’s another site that shows the difference between an older roundabout/rotary and a modern roundabout:
    The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate ( ).
    Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Search for FAQs and safety facts.
    Maybe there are crashes because there’s nothing in the circle but some skinny sign posts.

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