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City plans to resurrect lamp poles

Since the award-winning restoration of two of Richmond Avenue's roundabouts in 2002, several lamp poles have been knocked over by vehicles and never put back up.

In their place, orange traffic cones cover the wiring.

"Can you please help shed some light (pun intended) on this issue?" a reader asked in an e-mail to Fix It?

Fix It would be happy to enlighten you.

First, those lamp poles are the property of the City of Buffalo, which contracts with a third party for installation and removal. No use complaining to National Grid on that point.

But those orange traffic cones are the work of National Grid.

When a pole is gone, "We'll go out and make it safe, electrically," said Stephen Brady, a utility spokesman. "If the orange cones are there, then we have been out there."

Fix It counted eight cones in the vicinity of the Symphony and Ferry circles.

According to Joseph N. Giambra, Buffalo's public works commissioner, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, at its last meeting, approved a contract with O'Connell Electric to reinstall up to 400 poles citywide.

"That doesn't mean there's 400 down," Giambra added.

Approximately $200,000 was allocated, but the final amount depends on what has to be done -- whether simply returning a pole or repairing damage to it.

"It looks like the work will probably be done sometime late March or early April [because] we want to wait until we're certain the snows have cleared, so they don't get knocked down again," Giambra said.

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