Council wants NYSDOT to "halt" plans for Scajaquada

Posted at 6:42 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 18:49:15-05

The Buffalo Common Council has passed a non-binding resolution calling on the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to "halt" its current plans to redesign a portion of the Rt.198 expressway known as the "Scajaquada Corridor."  It calls on NYSDOT to come up with a new design that better reflects the community's concerns about urban renewal and green space preservation.

North District Councilman Joe Golombek, Jr. pushed for the resolution because he felt NYSDOT was putting too much emphasis on traffic and not enough on pedestrian use in the corridor.  Golombek was also concerned that the D.O.T. had not taken input from all the communities surrounding the corridor that includes a long portion of Scajaquada Creek.

Other groups, like the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, have also expressed concerns fearing the NYSDOT plans will not go far enough to undo the destruction caused in the 1950's when the expressway divided acres of park land and neighborhoods.

Currenty, there is an effort underway to get signatures on a petition calling on Governor Cuomo to intervene and save Delaware Park.

More information about the petition is available here:https://www.bfloparks.org/olmsted-parks-conservancy-introduces-savedelawarepark-campaign/