BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Every 50 seconds, day and night, the light goes red on Kenmore Avenue near Englewood, right in front of where Budwey’s used to be and where Dash’s Market took over. Both have been gone for three months.
“Now that it’s closed, it’s ridiculous to have it still working,” said Kenmore Avenue motorist Jamie Dinero. “This is a bottleneck street anyways so there’s so much traffic flow here and that just stops it right up and builds it back to the side streets, miles back and it’s really frustrating, especially at rush hour.”
University District Councilman Rasheed Wyatt says he’s received a number of emails from constituents saying the same thing.
“I am going to Commissioner Steven Stepniak and ask him to come and re-examine it because it does seem like a bit of a pain right now.”
The City Engineer has already looked at this issue and decided to make no changes right now because there’s no telling when a store might move in to the vacant spot, and then people would have to relearn the traffic pattern.
Councilman Wyatt understands the reasoning, “but when it seems as though, for me, the residents are being agitated by it, the motorists are being agitated by it, if it’s something we could do in the meantime, if we can and it’s not very costly to taxpayers, let’s take a look at doing it.”
News 4 spent an hour at the traffic light and saw several pedestrians crossing at this light. It is at a bus stop and there’s a drug store across the street.
“I believe they should keep it because it’s the only crosswalk they got,” said Kenmore Avenue pedestrian, Gerald Stroud.
Pedestrian Elisha Pratcher crosses there a few times a day, but wouldn’t mind it if she had to press a button to make the light change.
“I do that for other lights too.”
Councilman Wyatt says he knows of no plans for any other business to move into the Kenmore building anytime soon.
Operators of Dash’s Market had plans to renovate it, but reconsidered because the Dash’s Market on nearby Hertel Avenue is doing well.