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City to recommend raising Scajaquada speed limit past Delaware Park

Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

Motorists could see another change in the speed limit on Buffalo's Scajaquada Expressway.In late May, 3-year-old Maksym Sugorovskiy was struck and killed while walking with his family in Delaware Park by a vehicle that lost control. That prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue an order lowering the speed limit on the road from 55 mph to 30 mph.

The state has asked the city to make short and long-term recommendations for the road. Mayor Byron Brown said Thursday those recommendations will include raising the speed limit once drivers pass the park.

Brown would not give a number on what the recommended speed limit might be, but he says an increase makes sense given the merge with the higher-limit I-190.

"People who are traveling in that direction will then be merging onto other roadways where the speed will be elevated," Brown explained.

The mayor says in the meantime, city police officers will continue to strictly enforce the 30 mph limit, with police vehicles often serving as "pace cars" on the road.

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