Accident at Portsmouth, NH, Traffic Circle Makes Residents Contemplate if it’s Time to Make a Change
If you live in or around the Seacoast I think we can all agree that the Portsmouth traffic circle is a tricky one. Even if you are confident on what you are supposed to be doing we get a lot of visitors especially this time of year! They are confused as to when it is their turn to go. Or they go when it isn't their turn and they are in the wrong lane which forces other drivers to slam on their brakes or worse, it can cause an accident.
A member of the The City of Portsmouth, NH Facebook group mentioned she saw a pretty serious accident involving 3 (maybe 4) vehicles on June 1st. This sparked a conversation about whether it is time to make a change. What would that change look like? Would it be getting rid of the traffic circle all together? Would it be installing traffic lights? Here are some suggestions I thought were interesting:
"Put a state trooper there at all times. You will be shocked to see everyone learn how to drive REAL QUICK!"
"Traffic Circles are not practical, they should do like Dover did, remove the circle and put a light. I know people don't like lights but better safe than sorry."
"I would love to see the right turn only lanes separated by a barrier"
Should the Portsmouth traffic circle be left alone or should we try to make it a safer place for locals and visitors? What do you think?