BELMAR, NJ — The two traffic circles on 10th Avenue at B and D Streets in Belmar are no longer. Both intersections now have simple four-way stops to keep the traffic flow in check.
The Belmar Department of Public Works completed the project on October 19, removing the roundabouts' concrete curbing, vegetation and dirt, and filling them with blacktop.
The four-way stop signs have been in place since the spring when 21 intersections on the east side of town became multiway stops, as a way to slow down traffic during the busy summer months.
Removing the circles themselves came after months of public input and requests from residents to take them out, claiming they obstructed the vision of motorists and pedestrians, and could not be negotiated by larger vehicles.
In addition, the stop signs on Monmouth County-owned 16th Avenue at B and D Streets have been taken down, after county officials informed the borough that the street does not meet state-mandated traffic volume requirements — at least during the off-season — for the four-way stops.
As a result, both intersections are now two-way stops, allowing for one-way through traffic on 16th Avenue, heading east toward the beach.
Business Administrator Colleen Connolly said the borough is working with county officials to have the four-way stops back in place at both intersections for next summer.
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