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Plan looks to transform Scajaquada Expressway

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

After seven years of study, the State Department of Transportation has developed a concept that would change the current Scajaquada Expressway into a boulevard.

The expressway has been controversial since it was planned decades ago, turning what had been a parkway through Delaware Park into a high-speed highway carrying tandem-trailers between the Thruway Niagara Section and the Kensington Expressway.

There hasn't been any construction money in sight for years, so the project has been in design studies.  That could change.

"Our goal is to bring the Scajaquada more in harmony with its surrounding," said DOT Regional Public Information Officer Susan Surdej.

The concept calls for "some greenery, some traffic calming, some excellent resources for the community, with improved connectivity, almost double the walking and bike paths that exist now, 15 new crossings across the corridor," Surdej said.

It might be some time before a concept turns into a design that could cost between $80 million and $100 million. 


Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.