Driving on the Buffalo Skyway can be a roller coaster ride under the best of conditions.
Add bad weather and fewer hours of sunlight, and it can really be a white-knuckle experience this time of year. Especially if, one by one, the lights on the familiar Buffalo landmark go out.
Following a column on areas with lighting problems, a number of readers contacted Fix It with concerns about a similar situation on the Skyway.
"There are numerous street lights out along lengthy stretches at the north and south ends of the Skyway," one Fix It reader e-mailed The Buffalo News. "This creates a very dark and dangerous situation for drivers, especially in bad weather conditions."
Another reader, identified only as Rosemary of Lake View, concurred.
"I travel this route at least several times a month," she wrote. "What is the problem with about 20 lights on the Skyway and Route 5? They have been out many months. This can be a dangerous situation with winter and the early darkness."
National Grid spokesman Steve Brady told Fix It he would look into the matter, but fixing it might take awhile.
He said repairs to the Skyway lights are usually scheduled for once or twice a year, but the repairs need to be scheduled in conjunction with a number of municipalities and the police since lanes need to be shut down.
"I don't know if we're going to try and do it this year," he said, "or wait until spring."
Lighting problems on the Skyway are nothing new to Fix It. In June 2004, a reader complained that 30 percent of the lights were out. Brady, at that time, promised they would be fixed.
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