Assemblyman Ryan Seeks Public Input on 198
by Buck Quigley - posted 11:59 am, June 7, 2013
Click here to visit the webpage put up by Assemblyman Sean Ryan soliciting feedback on the Scajaquada Expressway. The Department of Transportation has begun discussing plans that have been kicked around for years to modify the route from the 50mph highway it is today to something more suitable for a route that bisects Frederick Law Olmsted’s Delaware Park.
If the infrastructure is modified to be more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists by including things like crosswalks, and if the speed limit is reduced, the highway could become a safer route—more accessible to all. But motorists would have to adapt. Reducing the speed limit from 50 to 30mph, for example, would add three minutes to the time it takes to travel the entire length of the current highway.
Built in the early 1960s, when the city population was over 530,000, the 198 replaced two surface streets—Scajaquada Drive and Humboldt Parkway. The city population has shrunk to half that today, and car use is on the decline.