Nation's first traffic circle turns 85

(AP) - Friday mark's the 85th anniversary ofthe nation's first traffic circle.

But there's a good bet most motorists are wishing New Jersey'sAirport Circle in Pennsauken good riddance.

When the rotary was built in the shadow of Philadelphia in 1925,the idea was traffic could circulate through multiple intersectionswithout the need for a stop light.

However, they became white-knuckle experiences after World WarII when traffic increased in the suburbs and drivers refused toyield the right-of-way.

New Jersey's Transportation Department once listed 67 circles.The number is down to two dozen today and many have been modified.

The original, Airport Circle, is more like a semicircle thesedays with a flyover ramp and traffic lights.

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