On behalf of more than 100 organizations and 3,000 citizens, the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition submitted comments to NYSDOT today regarding the community’s vision for future of the 198.
Right-sizing the Scajaquada has been the desire of the community for more than 15 years. Although the speed reduction to 30 mph on the expressway began the transition, there are still many improvements to be made, all of which lie in NYSDOT’s hands.
The SCC finds NYSDOT’s proposal to not implement any short-term measures for the next four to six years to be unacceptable. Without short-term physical measures in place to clue motorists to the 30 mph posted speed, the Scajaquada remains a mismatched route designed with a highway feel but with a 30 mph speed limit. In addition to being both dangerous and confusing for motorists, the plan continues to neglect the repeatedly expressed concerns of the surrounding community.
The SCC has requested the following changes to be implemented as soon as possible:
- Traffic calming measures, including speed transitions from I-190 and Route 33 such as strategically placed rumble strips, overhead signs, streetscapes, streetlights, and intersections;
- Lane width reduction from 12′ to 11′;
- Shoulder with rumble strips to reinforce narrower lanes;
- Removal of the median barrier;
- A bicycle and pedestrian plan including sidewalks, bike lanes, and raised crosswalks; and
- Focused landscaping developments at transitions.
To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.