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NYS DOT says Scajaquada 'urban boulevard' plans moving forward

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Planning is moving forward to turn the Scajaquada Expressway into an urban boulevard.

New York State Transportation Commissioner Matt Driscoll came to Delaware Park Wednesday to say planning for the complete redesign of the Scajaquada remains on schedule for a request for proposals next year.  When will construction be completed? The commissioner says it's too early to tell.

Driscoll cites short-term solutions to problems on the highway already done and the goals remain the same.

"What we want to do is have a boulevard setting that incorporates also the historic Delaware Park, that takes into account the surrounding communities. But, we also want to do that, again, and I mention all users because this conversation is not limited to just a few groups," Driscoll said. "We are really embracing and reaching out to the many. We want to hear as many people as possible."

Driscoll said he became angry when appointed DOT commissioner to find out there had been 15 years of talking about what to do with the Scajaquada with nothing being done. He said it is now moving forward and the governor is keeping an eye on progress to keep it moving.

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.
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