Last night, NYSDOT hosted a presentation on future plans for the Scajaquada Expressway. The presentation provided the history of the project, an overview of project alternatives currently under consideration, and a panel discussion with NYSDOT leaders, Bergmann Associates, a consultant hired to analyze impacts from alternatives, and Greater Buffalo Niagara Region Transportation Council representatives. Questions from the audience were accepted via comment cards.
The SCC is both disappointed and concerned with the dialogue of last night’s meeting.
Our concerns specifically include the following:
- Why was there not a more detailed discussion on the short-term traffic calming measures that, according to the timeline provided, could be the only alterations made for the next 4 to 6 years? We believe the proposed short-term measures on display last night do not go far enough with creating a road condition conducive to the 30 mph speed limit. We want NYSDOT to immediately install all of the community supported short-term measures in the 2005 EPP that was previously shared.
- Why is the main purpose of the long-term project focused on developing a “prudent transportation facility” instead of addressing revitalization of the city, economic development, improved health and safety, reduction in carbon emissions, or building quality of life?
- The presentation format seemed to ignore the community’s concerns and felt contrary to the urgency, energy, and focused attention we had expected to follow Governor Cuomo’s call to action.
- The presenters showed no interest or willingness to address the complete Scajaquada Corridor. Specifically, when asked about Main Street, attendees were told that it was too difficult and expensive to implement, and would not be considered despite this interchange being included in the initial 2007 NYSDOT study of the corridor, as demonstrated below.
We believe that this project is essential towards the future revitalization of our city and we strongly urge NYSDOT to include the community’s requests and vision in the planning of the Scajaquada.
Please send your comments in support of a right-sized Scajaquada directly to NYSDOT via their comment form. Comments are due by September 30, 2015.