BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – Christopher Johnson has lived in Buffalo for more than 40 years and near Broadway and Bailey for about eight months.
“It’s always dangerous here,” Johnson said. “Things have to change at this intersection.”
On Tuesday, 15 minutes passed without a signal change. And when the crosswalk button was pressed, still no change. Locals said it was nothing new.
“It’s been frustrating my whole life because I’ve been here my whole life,” Cory Teti said.
“Frustrating,” Johnson said. “I don’t think frustrating is the word.”
Johnson said he was good friends with Shauntia Dickinson, 27, who died crossing the street at Bailey and Broadway. He said people driving should slow down.
“People need to be aware of what they’re doing and stop being so rushed,” Johnson said. “Because wherever they go, they will always be there by the time they get there.”
“I’ve seen crashes many times,” Teti said. “I’ve seen pedestrians running towards my car many times, it’s just a daily thing.”
Neighbors said the change was overdue.
“As far as the city goes, I feel like they really don’t care about that part of town,” Teti said.
“It’s the city of good neighbors, but if you’re in the car, I guess people aren’t too good at being neighbors,” Johnson said.
I have contacted the Department of Public Works to ask who is responsible for monitoring the pedestrian crossing signals and how often they are maintained, but have yet to receive a response. If you notice that a crosswalk signal in your neighborhood is not working, you can call 311 to file a request to have it investigated.