Buffalo Common Council Opposes DOT Plans For 198

Passes a resolution calling to halt current plans

Richard Root
December 01, 2017 - 3:45 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The Buffalo Common Council has weighed in on the debate over the New York State Department of Transportation's plans for Route 198.

They passed a non-binding resolution calling on the state to halt their plans and come up with a design that addresses the concerns from the community.

The resolution was pushed by North District Councilman Joe Golombek, who says he thinks the NYSDOT is emphasizing vehicle traffic while not doing enough to re-claim and preserve green space.

"Whatever the DOT decides upon is going to be there for our lifetime and probably our children's lifetime," Golombek told WKBW.

The NYSDOT's plan has been in development for years, long before an accident that claimed the life of a three-year-old. Likewise, the Olmstead Parks Conservancy has been critical of the NYSDOT's plan and has been trying to stop it for years.

The Common Council has not been involved until now.

Work on the 198 under the NYSDOT's current plan is supposed to begin next summer.

You can read more about the that HERE.

You can read the Olmstead Parks Conservancy's objections HERE.

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