BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Graffiti sprayed on the truss over the Scajaquada Expressway has stayed there for a year.
The vandal who made the high risk move has created a headache from crews who want to clean it up. Officials will have to shut down two lanes in order to remove the entire sign. The cost to taxpayers is around $5,000.
Susan Surdej of the NYS Department of Transportation said, "There's a lot more that goes into this than people actually realize when you're driving under a sign structure."
Surdej says crews typically take care of the problem immediately, but the sign in question was scheduled to be replaced, along with many others around western New York, long before the tagger took artistic liberty.
"Sometimes we would use a latex paint and we could paint over the back of the sign, we would use sand blasting if it were over a concrete bridge abutment or something to that nature, but graffiti is definitely a problem," Surdej said.
Surdej says the signs will likely be replaced by the summer, by an independent contractor.
An eight-year-old boy was shot Thursday morning in Cattaraugus County. Officials are at the scene on West Road, in Leon.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.