Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced today that the state Department of Transportation is broadening its modeling to look at reducing the Scajaquada Expressway speed limit to 30 mph through Delaware Park. The new review also would consider converting that portion of the roadway into a city street.
The study of new options for downgrading the Scajaquada corridor where it bisects the park answers calls made during a public forum two weeks ago at SUNY Buffalo State.
“The public clearly stated at our recent meeting that they wanted to see data that explored further downgrade options,” Ryan, a Buffalo Democrat, said in a prepared statement today.
“I am pleased that the DOT is actively listening to the public, and is willing to study the impact of reducing the speed of the Scajaquada to 30 miles per hour, and converting the expressway into a city street,” Ryan added.
The DOT’s most recent plan for improving the expressway and the surrounding corridor called for reducing the 50 mph speed limit to 40 mph and keeping the roadway bisecting the park at four lanes, or two lanes in each direction.
However, many of the 100 people who attended the forum said the plan did not go far enough. They called on the DOT to study the impact of a speed limit set at 30 mph, with one lane in each direction. Others urged transportation officials to incorporate bike lanes throughout the 3.3-mile length of the Scajaquada.
During today’s announcement, Ryan was joined by Delaware Council Member Michael LoCurto, as well as representatives from the Grant-Amherst Business Association and GoBike Buffalo.
“The Scajaquada redesign is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it is critically important that we do it right. This development is a good first step by the DOT,” LoCurto said.
Data from the new modeling will be shared with the public at a follow-up public meeting that is planned for early May.