Roundabout Planned near Welcome Center in Delaware Water Gap

DELAWARE WATER GAP -- Plans to build a roundabout in Monroe County are moving forward and construction work is expected to begin next year. PennDOT officials plan to build it in Delaware Water gap near the welcome center.

The roundabout would replace where Broad Street and River Road intersect in Delaware Water Gap right off the exit for Interstate 80.

Construction work could begin as early as this upcoming spring.

Drivers we spoke to have mixed feelings about the plan.

"Well, an improvement is definitely needed because the interchange is kind of a mess, it has been for a number of years. We comment on it every time we through," said Kim de Bourbon.

Kim de Bourbon lives in Delaware Water Gap. She says the roundabout on Route 209 near Marshalls Creek has been successful, so she's interested to see how one would work here.

"I think once people get used to them, I mean, as I said, I don't think (Route) 209, which is the first real roundabout we've had around here, I'm not aware that there have been problems with it."

PennDOT officials say they expect to put contracts out to bid next month and hopefully start work on the roundabout by the spring.

"I think it's terrible. I don't like roundabouts because I have a tendency to run over the middle of them," said Richard Meyer.

Meyer lives in upstate New York and travels through this part of the Poconos once a month to come and visit his son. He thinks roundabouts are dangerous and doesn't see a need for them.

"They are confusing! I think it's fine the way it is. If they fixed the holes in the road instead of building roundabouts, they would be better off."

8 comments

  • John

    I use the intersection every day of the week . Theres never a problem getting on 80 in the morning for me like there is at exit 209. The bridge is rusting out so fix the bridge . A traffic circle will be a mess especially all the trucks going into the Welcome Center . TOTALLY against this plan.

  • James

    The welcome center was a huge design mistake, all on and off ramps in this area need work. The traffic light works fine. Put that $ towards fixing much needed road maintenance in this area. Round abouts work great in Austrian ski villages, not here.

  • zeek

    Too many fools that don’t know how to enter and exit a roundabout. Bad idea. In NJ they took them out years ago due to accidents. PA is so backwards. The roundabout in Marshalls Creek is a mess and just moved the backup of traffic further north. The out of state drivers have no clue how to use those roundabouts without cutting off someone. SMH.

  • warningfakenews

    “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams

  • warningfakenews

    There’s money to be made studying intersections. There’s money to be made in building roundabouts. There’s money to be made in studying them. There’s money to be made in tearing them back out. Construction companies donate to politicians. Politicians insure there’s money to be made.

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