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Left-turn lanes pose problems in Amherst

Is there anything worse than trying to make a left turn on a busy road? How about finding yourself in a turning lane when you want to go straight?

Two of those situations in Amherst were brought to Fix It's attention.
Drivers who try to enter the University at Buffalo North Campus from Maple and Flint roads find there is a left-turn lane, but no arrow, so backed-up traffic in that busy area is commonplace.

Also in Amherst, a Fix It reader wrote about a situation he considers more dangerous than aggravating.

"I travel from Millersport Highway westbound to the 990," Jack Logvin wrote in an e-mail to Fix It. "I am elated that the road has been widened to add a second left-turn lane onto the 990. However, they need to re-examine the marking of the left-turn arrows."
Logvin said North French goes from two lanes to three before the signal at the 990 overpass bridge. The lanes have no markings at that point, he explained.
He said the problem arises when a driver who is in the middle lane gets under the overpass, finds out it is a "left-turn-only" lane but wants to go straight.
"Trying to merge right creates a traffic hazard since they must stop and wait until someone lets them in," he wrote. "Is this an accident waiting to happen?"
The officials in the Amherst Highway Department responsible for these roads were not available Friday afternoon. But Fix It will talk to them this week to get their comments on these traffic issues. Stay tuned.

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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