CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Drivers are often seeing red and green at a confusing intersection in Cheektowaga.
Though the light at Dingens Street and Rossler Avenue is now operating normally, on Monday, that wasn't the case. Following the thunderstorms that rolled through WNY, the light was displaying a green and red signal at the same town, and residents want to know if town officials will be fixing the problem.
The intersection is right next to an elementary school, and the malfunction happened during rush hour. Jeff Naab snapped a picture of the light. He's lived down the street for nearly a year.
"Ever since we moved in, this light has been really goofy," Naab says.
For months, he says, for no apparent reason, the lights would start blinking yellow or red, creating confusing situations for drivers. Everyone News 4 spoke with on that block agreed, saying the lights seem to malfunction more often after storms.
Cheektowaga officials say the problem is fixed. Town Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner says a part malfunctioned in the traffic signal, which is what caused the intermittent blinking. That part was replaced a couple weeks ago. He believes the simultaneous red-green signal Monday was a freak result of the storm.
All Naab and other neighbors want is assurance it is fixed. Right now, he sees it as a huge danger to his neighborhood.
"I would like to come home from work and not wonder if I'm going to die on the way home," he said.
Though it is unclear if the signal was the cause of any of these crashes, News 4 found that the intersection had six accidents over the last eight months.
Town officials say if drivers see the light malfunctioning, call police, who will then make sure the light gets fixed.
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