Waiting for the Kids to Return: West Delavan Ave. at School # 56

W. Delavan at School # 56 (1)

Much like the signals that were once in front of Holy Name of Jesus Church on Bailey Avenue, these signals on West Delavan Avenue in front of School #56 were installed solely to allow children to safely cross the street.  And just like those signals, these have also outlived their purpose, as School #56 is mothballed for the time being. Continue reading

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More Four-way Signals in the Expressway Age: Humboldt Parkway and Northampton Street

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In our last post, featuring signals on Grider Street near ECMC, we examined the installation of traditional fixed 4-way signals as part of the Kensington Expressway project.  At the twin intersections of Humboldt Parkway and Northampton Street, right outside of the Buffalo Museum of Science, we have two more fine examples.  Between these and the signals outside of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, it is a nice thought to imagine that visitors to some of our most treasured cultural institutions will also take notice of the surrounding significant signals. Continue reading

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Four-way Signals in the Expressway Age: Grider Street at Pembroke and Warwick Avenues

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When we think of fixed 4-way signals, we often think of old-fashioned city streetscapes, and simpler times, before city streets were widened and expressways tore their way through our neighborhoods.  In reality, fixed 4-way signals were still being installed during the early expressway age Continue reading

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Crouse-Hinds Art Deco Single-face Signals of WNY, featuring South Park Ave. and McKinley Pkwy.

South Park Avenue & McKinley Parkway 3We have given quite a bit of attention to fixed 4-way signals on the blog thus far, and rightly so, as the stated purpose of the blog is to document the remaining fixed 4-way signals of Buffalo.  So, let’s get this out of the way right now: there is a Crouse-Hinds Model M fixed 4-way signal in the center of this intersection.  However, the real stars of the show at the corner of South Park Ave. and McKinley Pkwy. are the two Crouse-Hinds Model DT “Art Deco” 2-way clusters. Continue reading

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A Family of Signals in Riverside: Ontario Street and Riverside Avenue

Ontario St. and Riverside Ave. 4Finding an entire family of matching signals, including a fixed 4-way signal, is not an easy task in Buffalo.  Why is this scenario so uncommon? Back in the 1940s and 1950s, it was common for an intersection to be controlled by a single fixed 4-way signal, with one light facing each direction. Continue reading

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The Signals That Started It All: Bailey Avenue at Holy Name of Jesus Church

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As some of you may know, the inspiration to start this blog came from something that I posted on Facebook recently.  Last weekend, while driving down Bailey Avenue for the first time in a while, I was fully expecting to see the scene above.  Instead, I saw two poles, a span wire, three signal hangers, but no traffic signals. Continue reading

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The Last of the Art Decos: Grant Street and Potomac Avenue

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Here we have possibly the most significant intersection in Buffalo, NY, at least when it comes to traffic signals.  The signal in the center is a Crouse-Hinds Model DT “Art Deco” fixed 4-way signal.  Though these were still a common sight 10 years ago, their numbers have declined sharply. Continue reading

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