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NYS Department of Transportation starting new talks over 198 redesign

Posted at 5:02 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 23:17:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBKBW_ — The New York State Department of Transportation is re-envisioning the Scajaquada Corridor.

Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez announced a new planning process for the roadway today that will be led by the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC).

“The Scajaquada Corridor is significant in the Buffalo-Niagara Region and this new study will help define how to strengthen its assets to make the entire region even more vibrant and prosperous,” she said.

The 198 has gone through numerous studies over the past two decades, but the NYSDOT reports that no consensus has been reached on what to do with the roadway or how to re-design it.

This announcement serves as a ‘reset’ to those discussions.

The GBNRTC and the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, will coordinate among all interested parties, including community leaders, stakeholders, officials and the public to provide technical and policy resources for the initiative.

A new study is also in the works to figure out how to capitalize and improve community assets already in place, and it will also help work out access and transportation solutions to the 198.

This announcement comes days after former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra started a petition to raise the speed limit on the 198 which has since garnered over 10,000 signatures.