Some Buffalo residents are concerned about safety on their street

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo mother is concerned about safety on her street. She says the snow piles and parking situation is dangerous for her disabled child.

After the most recent storm, Melissa Bancerowski had to push her daughter to the corner of Bush and Grote in Buffalo so she could catch the bus.

“As I was pushing her forward, her wheelchair lurched forward,” Bancerowski said. “It was so scary. I finally got her upright, turned her chair around and was dragging her backwards.”

Bancerowski said the bus driver told her they can’t drive down her street unless it’s clear.

When it snows, neighbors told News 4 that Bush Street becomes congested with parked cars. They say sometimes vehicles are even parked illegally on both sides.

It makes it hard for plows, buses, and emergency vehicles to get down the road.

Last week an ambulance couldn’t get down the same street when Frank Sloan was having a heart attack.

He survived because a neighbor and first responders were able to get him to a pickup truck so he could be treated.

After the incident, Buffalo officials told News 4 that Bush Street isn’t neglected; plows just can’t get down it.

“Three times we tried to get down Bush,” Steve Stepniak, Buffalo Public Works Commissioner said. “Our plow drivers would go down there and cars would be blocked in.”

Buffalo Common Councilman Joseph Golombek said the city is working to fix the issue.

Bancerowski has suggested changing parking hours or turning an empty lot into extra parking.

“I’m open to any of these decisions or possibilities, but the problem is that I think that nobody really knows what the best solution to this is,” Golombek said.

Golombek is working with public works crews to send out a letter to Bush Street homeowners to see what solutions they’d like to see.

They need 75 percent of the homeowners to agree they want the situation to change before anything can take place.

If neighbors want to voice their concerns, they can do so on Wednesday, February 10th at the Grant Amherst Block Watchers Meeting. It’s taking place at 6:30p.m. at Rohalls Corner in Buffalo.

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