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Fix-It: What needs repairing in Buffalo Niagara Parkside intersection a hazard

A broken light fixture on a pole on Parkside Avenue is just part of a more serious problem for some North Buffalo residents.

"I have lived on Parkside Avenue for almost six years and the intersection of Parkside and Florence is one of the most dangerous intersections in the City of Buffalo," Monica Cichon said in a letter to Fix It. "The curve in the road creates numerous problems for people who don't follow the speed limit."

Cichon said many drivers coming off the Scajaquada Expressway continue to drive the 50 mph speed allowed on that roadway, even though Parkside has a 30 mph speed limit.

When going 50 mph or more on the curve, cars have lost control, driven over front lawns, hit the light pole there and a fire hydrant, damaged property, gone through fences and even knocked down the "Welcome to Parkside" sign, she said.

Just a few weeks ago, a light pole on Parkside near Florence was hit a by a car going too fast, she said.

"The car lost control and hit the pole head on," she said. "The impact was so strong, the actual light fell onto the ground."

According to Cichon, the Parkside Community Association has developed a traffic committee to get the City of Buffalo involved in helping to control speed and develop ways to fix the intersection.

But after meeting with a number of city officials, Cichon said nothing has been done to alleviate the problems.

"The police can control speed by doing radar," she said. "Public works can redesign the intersection to make it more safe for walkers and runners going into Delaware Park and people driving on the street."

City officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

Fix It helps readers of The News expose small but annoying problems in their everyday lives and get them resolved. To report such situations, leave a voice mail message on the Fix It line at 849-6026, e-mail, or send a letter to Fix It, c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203.

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