NYSDOT will host a public information meeting on Wednesday, September 16, at 5 to 8:30 pm to discuss proposed project alternatives to transform the Scajaquada Expressway from an urban expressway to an urban boulevard that is in harmony with the surrounding community. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Frederick Law Olmsted Public School 64, located at 874 Amherst Street at Lincoln Parkway in the City of Buffalo.
The meeting will include an informal open house with displays about the proposed project. A formal presentation and panel discussion about project objectives and the alternatives being studied is scheduled for 7 p.m. NYSDOT representatives will be available to receive public comments and answer questions.
We greatly encourage all supporters of the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition to attend the event. We also encourage all supporters to review the 2005 short-term and long-term plans developed with extensive community input, which the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition continues to support.
The Scajaquada Corridor Coalition is particularly concerned with NYSDOT addressing the following points:
- All proven traffic calming techniques should be applied to the project area to establish a 30mph design speed and create a safe and more accessible urban boulevard.
- Additional opportunities for public access crossing the Scajaquada via bicycle and pedestrian are needed.
- Adequate crosswalks with the appropriate safe crossing treatments.
- The Parkside and Scajaquada intersection should be greatly improved to provide a safer pedestrian crossing for the neighborhood and students from Medaille College that use it, current alternatives do not adequately address this issue.
- Roadway design and landscape restoration should be employed to minimize the intrusion of vehicle travel through the historic landscape of Delaware Park to the greatest extent possible.
- The Main Street intersection at the Scajaquada needs to be improved for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles. Improved access to and exit from the Route 198 corridor at Main Street is a critical part of improvements within the entire corridor. All pedestrian crossings do not meet the state standard for safety.
- Create a complete street that accommodates all roadway users; this includes vehicles, commuting bicyclists, recreational bicyclists, recreational joggers and walkers.
- On-street bike lanes and pedestrian walkways are desired connecting to the citywide network.
- Gateways should be established within each end of the corridor honoring the historical significance of this area by creating a welcoming and inspiring user experience.
- Storm water runoff should be treated naturally throughout the entire Scajaquada corridor.
- Improved ingress/egress from Delaware Park and other facilities is necessary.
- Establish a long-term maintenance plan with all stakeholders and agencies.
- Coordination with NFTA to leverage additional investment as a way to encourage alternative modes of transportation and integrate the corridor into the existing metro system.
- Identify opportunities for additional street connections.
We also greatly encourage those with questions on traffic studies, traffic redirection, and corridor impact to attend the event in order to understand their ongoing analysis.
For more information on the press conference and NYSDOT’s current reconfiguration efforts, see NYSDOT’s press release.