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Rotaries disappear in favor of roundabouts in Massachusetts

Rotary at exit 40 off 95 shown from above by drone. –Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

The traffic rotary, Massachusetts’ peculiar contribution to American traffic engineering, has long been a source of pride and frustration that fits, or perhaps defines, the region’s quickly-seize-every-open-inch style of driving.

But now, very slowly and quietly, the state of Massachusetts is engaged in a project to make them extinct.

You read that right. Massachusetts, the state with more rotaries than any other, is getting out of the car-weaving game.

Signs such as these at Exit 40 off of Interstate 95 in Reading are part of the plan. —Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
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