Lackawanna’s most confusing intersection
Driving in Buffalo isn’t so bad. Most of us know this. We don’t have to deal with the traffic of other major cities, and you can get from southern cities to northern cities in 20-25 minutes with no problem even during driving time.
But that doesn’t mean driving in Western New York isn’t frustrating. The countless red lights. Huge potholes that vehicles regularly have to dodge (on major roads) and the fact that there are downright confusing roads and intersections.
I live in South Buffalo right now, so I often drive through the city of Buffalo, Lackawanna and West Seneca.
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If you want to go from South Buffalo to Hamburg or Orchard Park, the most direct route is Abbott Road, but if you want to bypass the intersection of Ridge and Abbott Roads, you can take South Shore Boulevard to Shamokin and possibly Martin, to return to Abbott Road.
It’s the shortcut many Lackawanna and South Buffalo residents are familiar with, but it also comes with a headache when you get to the intersection of Shamokin Drive and Martin Road.
It’s a very weird intersection as Shamokin curves up to Martin, who stays straight. It looks like an intersection that should either have a red light, or at least have vehicles on Martin with no stop sign, and Shamokin vehicles must stop and yield.
But instead, it’s a four-way stop, and it’s hard to tell who got to the intersection first, who’s always the first tiebreaker to give way.
Then another common problem is that drivers take so long to get through the intersection that cars can get stuck there for a while as cars going in either direction on Martin take advantage.
The intersection is also usually busy. Lackawanna High School is just up the road, and Martin connects South Park and Abbott.
There should probably be a red light, just because of the unique layout of the intersection.
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