Maplewood Adds Traffic Circle to "Wagon Wheel" Intersection

Township hopes circle will calm traffic near intersection of Plymouth Avenue and Ivy Terrace


Maplewood has a new traffic circle, and residents seem to be of mixed minds about it.

The circle is located where four streets -- Plymouth Avenue, Burnett Terrace, Ivy Terrace and Oakland Road -- intersect near Maplecrest Park. The intersection has been the subject of many complaints from residents about accidents and near-misses over the years, according to Township Engineer Thomas Malavasi.

The township dug the circle earlier this month and surrounded it with Belgian block paving. The Department of Public Works (DPW) will add top soil and grass to the area.

Within the next several days, the DPW also will add four directional signs plus a rotary sign in and around the circle (see the plans attached to this article as both a PDF and a photo) to direct drivers.

"Traffic circles work well in other spots," said Malavasi.

“I think it’s a good idea but I think it is too narrow at some points,” said Mitch Greenberg, a nearby resident who was walking his dog. 

Malavasi said that all of the roads along the circle are a minimum of 18 feet wide, which is large enough for commercial vehicles and snowplows to get through.

Other residents had cited concerns over drainage problems where Plymouth Avenue and Ivy Terrace meet. Malavasi said the township will look into fixing the issues when those roads are repaved at some point in the future, as part of the township's regular road repair schedule.

What do you think about the traffic circle? Tell us in comments.

Mark Truscinski October 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It's a FANTASTIC addition. That intersection is very dangerous because cars speed down Oakland towards Oakview and cars coming from side streets enter the intersection essentially blind. Also, as a pedestrian that travels thru that intersection very often it's going to be an improvement to have cars move thru more slowly.
Lori Milnes October 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I was thrilled to see this round about installed in my neighborhood. I think it adds to not only the safety of this intersection but also the aesthetic beautification of the neighborhood. VERY PLEASED! Now all we need is to find out if we can plant it or maybe a pretty evergreen tree for the holiday season?


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