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Street sign problems corrected

Checking back on a couple of recent problems, Fix It has discovered that one was resolved almost immediately and the other is near completion.

The first case involves a confusing hodgepodge of signs on a pole along westbound Hertel Avenue just east of Niagara Street in Buffalo, as well as a sign on Ellicott Creek Road in the Town of Tonawanda that was difficult to see because of overgrown trees.

In both cases, the signs directed drivers to nearby state roads. So Fix It contacted the state Transportation Department and was assured the problems would be fixed.

A recheck showed they had been.

"Both have been addressed," Charles Morgante, director of the department's Region 5, said last week.

"The signs were done that day. The tree trimming shortly after."

Another column, which ran in early July, looked at "the disappearance" of a well-known sculpture that had been sitting on Niagara Street near Rich Products for decades.

Fix It discovered that "Newspaper Reader" wasn't missing; it was being restored.

Lisa Texido, a spokeswoman for Rich Products, which owns the sculpture, said last week that the restoration is nearly completed and an announcement on its return would be made soon.

The sculpture, she added, would be moved to a different location on the Rich Products campus.

Stay tuned.


Fix It has tackled everything from faulty roads and 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; or by calling the Fix It voice mail line at 849-6026. Fix It considers every suggestion, but is not able to respond all those who submitted them.

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