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Road projects will be completed

The end of summer usually means the end of area construction projects, but some residents are concerned about work that is not quite done yet.

"Parts of Main Street are like an obstacle course," one Fix It reader told The Buffalo News about the stretch between East Depew Street and Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. "You have to dodge a series of raised manhole covers that can do serious damage to your car if you hit them."

We spoke to Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak about the problem.

"That's part of the Main Street project," he said. "They are raising the manholes to prepare for topcoat. It should be completed in a week or so."

Another reader questioned an unfinished construction project in a different part of town.

"After the intersection of Walden Avenue and Bailey Avenue in the City of Buffalo was repaved, the crews didn't repaint the 'left turn only' lane lines on the street in the eastbound and westbound directions of Walden Avenue," Andrew Rusiniak said in an e-mail to The News.

"As a result, those of us that want to turn left onto Bailey Avenue and have a green arrow are unable to because there are people traveling straight stopped in the left-turn lane."

Rusiniak said there are "left turn only" signs attached to the traffic signals, but many people do not obey them.

After Fix It told Stepniak about the problem, he sent a crew out Friday to inspect the intersection and said the problem will be corrected as early as today.

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Fix It has tackled everything from faulty roads 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. Fix It considers every suggestion received but is not able to respond to everyone.

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