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Assemblyman Ryan Seeks Public Input on 198

scajaquadaClick 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.

Click here for records of past meetings on the issue. Then let your voice be heard at Ryan’s website. A public meeting on the topic is being planned for June 26. More details to follow.

 


  • Brian Buckley

    The first thing they need to do is to get the motorcycles to stop using it as a dragstrip. All spring, summer and fall we hear them tear-assing down the highway at remarkable speeds. I don’t know how people aren’t killed nightly on the 198 between the park and the 190. If I was a Buffalo police officer I would sit there all night every night and do nothing but write speeding tickets.

    • Bob Gallivan

      Buffalo Police do not write speeding tickets. 158 in all of 2011, not even one every other day. This compared to 1,580 in Lackawanna and 2,216 in the City of Tonawanda. Want enforecement? Ask state senator and assembly person to change Buffalo’s adjudication law.

  • JimOstrowski

    This is one of those no-brainers that never get done cuz the political class is so greedy, power-hungry and just plain stupid. Turn it into a parkway.