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Fix It / What needs repairing around Buffalo Niagara City vows action on light problems

A recent Fix It column about burned out lights on the Kensington Expressway sparked a number of calls and letters from readers with other lighting concerns.

One of the most noticeable problems brought to light was the recently renovated circle at Richmond Avenue and West Ferry Street. On a recent visit, all but one of the lights were out, and reportedly had been for quite a while.

Closer to downtown, a long stretch of Court Street also was mentioned several times, with some complaints going back as far as the end of last summer.

"For over a year now, 80 percent of the street lights on Court Street from Lafayette Square to Niagara Square have been out," Leo Abbott wrote Fix It. "Not only is this dangerous, it is a horrible impression of downtown Buffalo. Court Street is the geographic center of downtown and should be a place with life. Instead, it is a dead zone."

"We're well aware of both of those," Buffalo City Engineer Daniel Kreuz told Fix It. "They're on our schedule. We're just waiting for the poles to come in."

Kreuz said the city has a contract, which has been approved by the Common Council, to replace the obsolete lights on Court Street from Main Street to Niagara Square.

"It's imminent. The work will be done," he said, adding that the new lights will be easier to maintain and more energy efficient than the ones they are replacing.

He also noted that the Ferry Circle lights have had some problems, but they, too, will be resolved.

"The light replacement is a priority and will be worked on as soon as the poles come in," he said.

Fix It has tackled everything from faulty roads to poor street lighting to broken public drinking fountains. Readers may submit potential items three ways: through regular mail by writing to Fix It, c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203; by e-mail at fixit@buffnews.com; or by calling the Fix It voice mail line at 849-6026.

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