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Lighting problem will be history

There has been a certain something missing during nighttime drives along the Scajaquada Expressway, and Fix It didn't realize what it was until a reader phoned in.

It's the lighting on the southeastern facade of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.

"The lights have been out during the evening for months now," the caller said. "With all of the restoration work going on there, I'm somewhat curious as to why that has not been repaired yet."

William H. Siener, executive director of the Historical Society, assured Fix It that the lighting will be back on -- hopefully this spring.

"We did a little bit more than $1 million in repairs to the back portico last year," he said. That work, between last spring and fall, included stabilizing the foundation, as well as cleaning the facade.

"The lights are out as a result of all that reconstruction," Siener said. "We will now work with the city to get them back in service as soon as possible. Especially now that it's cleaned so beautifully, it will be spectacular."

"I'm glad that people have noticed and that we can kind of get the word out," Siener said. "It really is beautiful, to drive along the Scajaquada, to see both our building and the Albright-Knox lit up."

"We will be back and we will be visible soon," Siener said.

In an unrelated matter, Fix It would like to applaud the efforts of state Department of Transportation road crews, which were seen spring cleaning along the Kensington Expressway recently. Though the results were as fleeting as the next gust of wind, the banks along the southernmost stretch are noticeably cleaner.

Fix It is here to help get action on problems that readers of The News notice in their daily travels. To report something, leave a voice mail message on the Fix It line at 849-6026, e-mail fixit@buffnews.com, or send a letter to Fix It c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203.

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