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Lakeside road prompts a call for railing

One of the main roads into the Southtowns takes drivers on a winding, picturesque trip along Lake Erie.

But at least one reader feels that a small part of that road can be dangerous.

"I am sending this e-mail to let you know of yet another section of road that is in need of a guardrail," Mary K. McGarrity wrote to Fix It.

"This area is on Route 5 in Hamburg, just north of the Seaway Trail Visitor Center. The south side has a guardrail, but a section just north of the center does not, and it drops off to the lake."

McGarrity said she travels Route 5 into the city daily and worries that the stretch of road is especially dangerous in the winter when the road is icy or covered with snow.

After visiting the site, Fix It contacted the state Department of Transportation. Charles Morgante, director of operations for the Buffalo office of the DOT, said he would check into it.

"I can have somebody take a look at it early next week," Morgante said Friday. Depending on what they find, an engineering analysis would be done to determine if a guardrail is warranted.

Fix It will do an update on the situation as soon as the DOT makes its decision.

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In another matter, last week's column about a missing historical marker at 1272 Delaware Ave. elicited a big response, including one from a former Buffalo resident who now lives in Seattle and read Fix It on Buffalonews.com.

The consensus of the information we received leads us to believe the marker denotes the site of the Old Jubilee Spring House, which was built in 1830 and was the source of Buffalo's early water supply.

Some readers even included links to the state Education Department, which placed the marker at the site in 1940, and included a picture of the marker.

Thanks to all who responded. Fix It's next move will be to see if the sign can be replaced. We'll update you in a later issue.

Fix It helps readers of The News expose "small picture" problems in their day-to-day environment and get them resolved. To report such situations, 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. Fix It considers all suggestions received, but can't respond to everyone who has contacted us.

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