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Photo by Melanie Pozarycki
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No left turn and no right turn signs posted on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale on March 28.

Drivers on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale literally don’t know where to turn with their frustrations about a new set of signs causing confusion at a busy intersection.

At a 104th Precinct Community Council meeting on March 27 in Glendale, local residents raised their concerns about a set of “no left turn” and “no right turn” signs at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Cooper Avenue that they say appeared for no reason a few weeks ago. Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Borough Deputy Commissioner Albert Silvestri fielded their questions and explained that he has dealt with mysterious signs before.

According to several members of the community, the “no turn” signs do not have official DOT markings on them. While some alleged that the signs were put up by the contractors who recently rebuilt part of the intersection, others said that the signs appeared after the project was completed.

“We have guerrilla signage; people just put it up in the middle of the night, but I’m not saying that’s the case,” Silvestri said. “Because there was the plaza work at the intersection, it’s possible that they put something up they shouldn’t have.”

Silvestri later added, however, that every contractor has to go through the DOT office of Construction Mitigation and Coordination to get signage for a project that will affect parking or traffic, and “They actually pick up the signs from our sign shop.”

The signs in question are located at multiple points of the intersection. Heading west on Myrtle Avenue, one post has a “no right turn” sign on the top and a “no left turn” sign below it, preventing drivers from making any turns onto Cooper Avenue. In the opposite direction, there is a “no right turn” sign on eastbound Myrtle Avenue preventing turns onto westbound Cooper Avenue.

When driving east on Cooper Avenue, there is a “no left turn” sign keeping drivers from heading west on Myrtle Avenue. While driving west on Cooper Avenue, there is a “no left turn” sign forbidding turns onto eastbound Myrtle Avenue.

Residents also said at the meeting that they recently saw police pulling cars over for disobeying the confusing signage.

Detective Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct’s Community Affairs Bureau explained that people who have received summonses from police after making an improper turn at the intersection can contact Community Board 5 about getting it dismissed. He added that officers from the 104th Precinct will be instructed to not enforce that turn until they determine the status of the “no left turn” signs.

Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano told QNS that he believes the most problematic of the signs is the “no left turn” on westbound Myrtle Avenue that prevents a turn onto westbound Cooper Avenue. The other signs were likely put in place to keep drivers from making the sharp, almost-U-turns around the new pedestrian triangles built on the east and west sides of the intersection, he said.

A DOT spokesperson did not confirm whether or not the signage was put in place by the agency or the contractors from the plaza project, but released the following statement:

“Work in the area is due to ongoing construction of the Myrtle Cooper Plaza, which includes a right turn ban at the intersection. DOT is working with DDC and its contractor to remove the ‘no left turn’ sign.”

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FlipoutNYC March 28, 2018 / 08:55PM
When does Ridgewood has its own zipcode
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