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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a ’98 Dodge Neon with 97,000 miles. A few days ago while driving, I noticed that the battery light was on and all the gauges were going crazy (up and down). This happens only when the vehicle is in motion. I tested the battery and it’s good. What’s causing the problem?

Louis from Baltimore, MD

Temporary Road Closure Kenmore Avenue

The westbound lane of Kenmore Avenue will be closed and re-routed on Tuesday and Wednesday October 5 & 6 from 9AM until 6PM.  Traffic will be directed down Allenhurst to Princeton to Niagara Falls Boulevard.  if you are traveling this route, please allow extra time for the detour.

Road Closure Kenmore Avenue

The Westbound lane of Kenmore Avenue near Niagara Falls Boulevard will be closed and traffic rerouted Tuesday, October 5, 2010-9AM-6PM and Wednesday October 6, 2010 for the same duration.  Traffic will be rerouted down Allenhurst to Princeton to Niagara Falls Boulevard.  Please allow extra time if traveling this route.

Maple Road Construction Project Almost Complete

AMHERST, N.Y. - Maple Road between the University at Buffalo and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst is a busy stretch that is slower than usual because of the road construction project currently taking place.

We have heard from several 2 On Your Side viewers who are frustrated by it.

Jim e-mailed us saying, "I work at U.B. and live in Kenmore so I hop on the Thruway at Elmwood and get off at the 290 U.B. exit instead of taking Sheridan to Sweet Home like I used to."

The construction project is run by Erie County and funded by Stimulus Money.

The Erie County Highway Department tells 2 On your Side the project should be complete by the end of August. Initially, officials were projecting completion at some point next year.

Construction Comes to Niagara Falls Blvd.

TOWN OF AMHERST, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- One of the busiest stretches of roadway in all of Western New York is getting a much-needed facelift.

Construction began July 21 at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Ridge Lea/Koenig Roads. That's just south of Interstate 290.

Workers will add a lane and a traffic signal at the exit of the 290 eastbound toward Niagara Falls Boulevard southbound. That will allow drivers to more easily cross traffic to get into the left turn lanes for Ridge Lea Road, where a second turn lane will be added. Finally, extra turn lanes will be provided for drivers turning left from Ridge Lea and Koenig Roads as they enter Niagara Falls Boulevard.

There are also improvements for pedestrians, including wider sidewalks and shoulders.

The $4 million project was delayed due to the budget battle in Albany. It is paid for using state and federal dollars.