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Have you seen a Roundabout?

Have you seen a Roundabout?

Growing up in Quincy, MA there was a traffic circle as you approached the Fore River Bridge that weRoundabout called a rotary. I do remember others in the area at that time but I'm not sure exactly where they were.  My understanding was that back in the 1950’s these rotary configurations were no longer being built due to traffic and other issues.  There were many stories when I was in high school about people cutting through the rotary to take a shortcut to the bridge.  Of course we would never do anything like that, must have been aliens.
Recently in Palm Coast, Florida I came across 2 traffic circles called Roundabouts. The name is for a configuration that gives traffic in the circle the right of way and entering vehicles must yield. Both of the Palm Coast Roundabouts are in Town Center.

One is at the intersection of Central RoundaboutAvenue and Town Center Blvd. The other is on Landing Blvd. at the east end of Palm Coast Landing Shopping Plaza about a block off route 100. So it seems these traffic circles may be making a come back since the town center development in Palm Coast is less than 10 years old.
Are there any examples of a rotary or roundabout or other named traffic circles in your area?  Do you have any knowledge or experience with a traffic circle you would like to share?
Have you seen a Roundabout?


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Comment balloon 12 commentsAl Raymondi • November 20 2011 06:11AM


Good morning, Al....the most aggravating rotary in MA is the one that greets you after you cross the bridge on the cape....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 8 years ago


We have more and more of them popping up here in Coweta County ... and for the most part ... they work!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Al, we have a few in our area, primarily newer areas or reconfigured. I showed a couple from Britain last year, and she had yet to pass her driver's test over there, for a different reason every time- they kept telling me I don't do the roundabouts correctly....been doing them that way my whole life!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 8 years ago

Behind the shelter in the middle of the ROUNDABOUT

Pretty nurses selling poppies from a tray

And though she feels as if she's  in a play, she is anyway!!

(Penny Lane, the Beatles)

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) over 8 years ago

Hi Al.  They recently put one in the town center of Norfolk MA.   Of course being from Quincy MA you know how many we have around here.    Can always tell when someones from out of state.  :)

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 8 years ago

I remeber these up in Mass. and on my commute from Logan to Marblehead.  It was a love hate relationship at best.  Great during off times and horrible during heavy traffic.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 8 years ago

Good Morning AL, We have them all over the place here in NH, originally called traffic circles they were large circles such as the Amoskeag Rotary, Massabesic Traffic Cirlce and the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. These days as all the town managers attended the same enginering conference, they are building Roundabouts which are smaller in size, a tighter configuration at every major rural intersection in our area. They work great until someone enters one who does not know what to do than look out. have a great Sunday

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 8 years ago

Thanks for stopping by my blog to read and comment Today Barbara,  Richard, Carol, Donald, Cal and Gabe, I appreciate your comments.
Barbara, there is often too much traffic for that one.
, Less traffic may be the key.
, Roundabouts must be more common there.
, Good catch.
Cal, I remember them but have not noticed them here in Florida until recently.
Gabe, the traffic volume sure does make a difference.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 8 years ago

Thanks for dropping in Scott, I guess we can expect to see more of these in the future.  Enjoy your day.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 8 years ago

Many of us are confused about the right of way rules when in unfamiliar areas with roundabouts.

Enjoy the season of Thanksgiving and be sure to have your camera in hand to record those special moments.


The Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, October 29 - November 20, 2011. Our visit was on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, PA. Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Quincy huh?  No wonder I felt like the AL/FL mix was off. My father-in-law is from Blackstone, MA.  I love the Quincy Market in Boston; I think I would fly up there for that alone, maybe not in the winter thought :-)

I didn't know those circles are called "round abouts" and they have made a come back at least in San Antonio, Texas. We have them as parking lot entrances and ocassionally I still see them in the streets. I think they are fun. In Ft. Worth there is a little suburb, I forget it's name, that has one that you have to go through when traveling to Dallas from West of Ft. Worth. That thing is a nightmare. The traffic is horendous and too many people dart out there and then - bam!  Now when I travel that I way I skirt the round about by skirting Ft Worth. I loop northwards to Bedford. 

Have a super Thanksgiving!


Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) over 8 years ago

The rules can be confusing Roy, there needs to be clear markings and signage to let us know who has the right of way. 

Thanks Cathy, they do seem to be making a comeback.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 8 years ago