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Transportation Planners Eye Scajaquada Parkway

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council is considering proposed changes to the Scajaquada Corridor in Buffalo.

Under consideration are changes that would create a park-way between Parkside Avenue and Grant Street. Recommendations were drafted by architects Wendel Duchscherer and presented by Donald Nims. Proposed changes to what is known to drivers as the 198 call for a speed reduction to about 30-miles-an-hour from Parkside to Grant Street.

"At information meetings, public support pointed to the preferred alternative number three -- a four-lane parkway, that would set the speed limit at about 30-miles-an-hour," Nims said. "It could go up to 35, but we are striving for 30-miles an-hour."

In one section near Parkside, the guard rail would be removed. Nims says the proposal calls to add more green space, new trees and creating a pedestrian friendly intersection at Parkside and the 198.

"The key features are in the transition areas for pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and modifications to access points," Nims explained. "When you are trying to take a high speed roadway and lower the speed to 30-miles-an-hour, we need to include features that are gong to tell the driver he should be slowing down."

Other proposed changes to the Scajaquada include improvements at Elmwood near Buffalo State and the Delaware Avenue exits.

Nims says it would cost about $25 million to create a parkway setting. But he says short-term enhancements to the 198 could be made for about $4 million.

Leaders of the regional transportation council says they have set some money aside for preliminary changes, and have received plenty of public support for the proposed project and plan to move forward.