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A bizarre Clinton Hill intersection has given rise to a new automotive phenomena: stop or go traffic.

Baffled drivers are scratching their heads at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Emerson Place, where they encounter a stop sign on a median directly in front of a traffic light — leaving some motorists wondering whether they should hit the gas or hit the brake when they get a green.

“It makes no sense,” said Hugo Martinez. “It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars to have that sign there.”

The seemingly redundant and often conflicting traffic fixtures actually govern two different roadways, according to the city.

The stoplight is for drivers on Myrtle Avenue while the stop sign is for motorists on a one-way service road that runs parallel to the thoroughfare and terminates at Emerson Place. The service road also boasts a second stop sign on the other sidewalk.

Many Myrtle Avenue drivers ignore the stop and cruise through the light, but others are routinely fooled into pulling up and stopping because the stop sign occupies such a prominent space — and because the roadway is painted with a thick white stripe similar to the ones painted in front of most stop signs.

“I don’t understand it,” said motorist Aubrey Jernigan. “I’ve driven here for years and it’s still funny to me.”

Department of Transportation spokesman Nick Mosquera said it’s commonplace to put stop signs on both sides of a service road and pointed out that despite the confusing traffic signals, there were no fatalities or serious injuries at the intersection between 2006 and 2010.

But Mosquera said the agency would investigate the intersection to see if the stop sign in the median is warranted.

“We will evaluate the signage to ensure that the appropriate traffic controls are clearly visible,” he said.

Drivers said the city should fix the intersection as quickly as possible by removing the superfluous stop sign.

“It messes with a lot of people that come through this intersecti­on,” one motorist said.

—with Ben Lockhart

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at

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Updated 5:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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jay from pslope says:
You wanna see a messed up intersection look at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th street in Brooklyn which leads also into Prospect Park.
There is a red light at this intersection on 16th street with a sign clearly stating stop on red here with a white line painted on the street.
People almost always run the red light and make an illegal turn onto a service road for the apartment complex that is there and then get back on to PP SW, where there is a another stop sign which they almost always run as well.
In addition drivers will frequently enter into Prospect Park as well even though there is a sign right there saying do not enter.
I have seen a lot of people almost get hit at this intersection and the police and city don't do anything. Its basically a free for all.
They city should put up a barricade to prevent cars illegally driving into Prospect Park at this entrance and they should post a no turn on red sign as well.
They should also have undercover cars sit there and write tickets to these drivers all day long. Would solve some budget issues.
May 23, 2012, 1:11 pm
ty from pps says:
So, taking a photo during your in depth reporting process would have been too much?
May 23, 2012, 1:42 pm
adamben from bedstuy says:
gosh, i never even see that one, probably because it doesn't make any sense and i figure it's for the service road.
May 23, 2012, 2:24 pm
hellojoe from clinton hill says:
that stop sign is clearly for the side road and makes perfect this seriously what passes for publication at this paper?
May 23, 2012, 7:37 pm

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