Roughly 1,200 speeding tickets have been issued on the Scajaquada Expressway since the speed reduction went into effect in June 2015. We really appreciate the enforcement of the new speed limit but, as noted by the Buffalo News, this is only half the battle.
“It’s important to realize the police have a difficult task because we need to move the design of the roadway to 30 miles per hour and not just post signs stating 30 miles per hour,” said Justin Booth, spokesman for the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition and executive director of GoBike Buffalo.
Booth said the expressway, in its present form, makes it hard for drivers to comply with a lower speed limit. They see the expressway and want to move at expressway speeds.
The narrowing of lanes, placement of stop signs on entrance ramps and beginning construction on installing pedestrian crossings – moves undertaken by the state Department of Transportation since a car left the expressway and killed a 3-year-old boy on the park Ring Road – are good but are not enough, he said.
“There’s still more to be done and committed to, like the transition zones from the I-190 and Route 33. That needs to be implemented to make sure a pedestrian isn’t hit at these new crossings,” Booth said.
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