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WHAT NEEDS REPAIRING AROUND BUFFALO NIAGARA

THE PROBLEM

With the University at Buffalo's South Campus and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center nearby, the intersection of Main Street and Bailey Avenue at the Buffalo-Amherst line is one of the busier ones in the area.

Over the years, a number of improvements helped to smooth the traffic flow, but Fix It reader Noreen Harbison believes there's one more obvious improvement that needs to be made.

Motorists heading west on Main Street who want to turn left onto Bailey Avenue have a lane designated for left-turn traffic, but there is no green arrow to delay the eastbound vehicles on Main Street while westbound vehicles turn left onto Bailey.

"Because there is no turn arrow, it is not unusual to sit through six or seven light changes before you can turn," Harbison wrote in an e-mail. "This is ridiculous at such a large intersection near a busy university."

A spokesperson at the state Department of Transportation's regional office said that the state would do a traffic study at the intersection if there is public demand for it.

Motorists who believe there is a need for a green arrow should write to Jim Barnak, Traffic Engineer, New York State Department of Transportation, 125 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203.

Fix It exists to help get action on the smaller civic problems people encounter in their environment every day. To report anything from a bad road to a broken public water fountain to faulty lighting on a roadway, call the Fix It line at 849-6026, e-mail fixit@buffnews.com or write to Fix It, c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14240.