Not So Fast: Delay on 11th Ave. Stop Sign



PATERSON, NJ – The City Council will wait until September to decide whether to put a four-way stop sign at the intersection of 11th Avenue and E.26th Street.

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The council had been scheduled to vote on the stop sign at its August 21 meeting. But ongoing opposition by Councilman William McKoy prompted the delay.

Officials who favor the stop sign say that stretch of 11th Avenue becomes a speedway because there are no light lights to slow drivers down.

But McKoy argued that installing a stop sign where there hasn’t been one for years will only create more traffic problems. He said motorists who are accustomed to driving straight through that intersection on 11th Avenue likely will continue doing so, partly because they won’t realize the stop sign has been installed.

Councilwoman Ruby Cotton said the city should consider getting one of the new electronic stop signs that have high-visibility flashing lights around them.

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