This traffic light on Abbott Road needs to go

Traffic lights are a necessity in many cases. For extremely busy intersections, you need to have them in order to keep traffic flowing. I know, “flowing”, but they actually do that instead of just waiting there forever as the traffic goes both ways.

Roundabouts are great, but the cost of turning dozens of streetlights into roundabouts is unrealistic.

We don’t really have to put up with a lot of traffic in Buffalo. Sure, we have rush hour traffic like everywhere else, but I’ve been to bigger cities (Nashville in April), and those places have real traffic.

Still, there are frustrating roads and streetlights in Western New York. One of them is located on the border of South Buffalo and Lackawanna on Abbott Road.

Abbott Road is quite crowded once you pass the Ridge Road intersection. There are several school speed zones, then Mercy Hospital through Cazenovia Park.

However, there is a lamp post which is by far the most frustrating of them.

The traffic light is located between Ridge and Dorrance allowing traffic to exit Abbott Road Plaza.

The thing is, there’s hardly any traffic coming out of this square – even in the middle of the day, let alone after 6-7pm. The light is on a timer, as with most Buffalo city lights. It also seems to turn red more frequently than Abbott’s other lights.

This light should absolutely flash yellow after 7 p.m., at the very least. The plaza also has an exit onto McDonald’s Alley, as well as an exit onto Dorrance, which is a much busier intersection.

There is almost no need for this street light.

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