Scajaquada Corridor Project Scrubbed

NYSDOT says 2/3 of public comments against project

Tom Puckett
January 08, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The state DOT says a consensus could not be reached on a Scajaquada Corridor transformation.

In a statement, the DOT says more than 2/3 of the most recent public comments it received were not in favor of the proposed project.

Now the DOT says it will hit the reset button and being a new dialogue with stakeholders.

The project was to include new bike paths on each side of the Scajaquada Corridor, a reduction of the median, a traffic circle, intersections with traffic lights, and several other new amenities.

"I am very pleased the Department of Transportation(DOT) has decided to hit the 'reset button,' on their current plans with the 198," says Senator Chris Jacobs. I believe the DOT needs to design a reconstruction plan that has broader community support before proceeding with a project that will spend over $100 million in taxpayer funds."

READ MORE: State's original plans for the Scajaquada Corridor Project:

Assemblyman Sean Ryan released the following statement:

“I am pleased that the DOT has listened to the community, and has stepped back from their current plan. We need a plan for the redesign of the Scajaquada Expressway that takes a holistic approach to the entire corridor, reconnects neighborhoods, and restores Delaware Park. With today’s announcement, these critical aspects can finally be addressed. The new task force will be comprised of community stakeholders, and state government representatives from within and outside of the DOT. Today’s announcement of the new path forward is encouraging, and I look forward to continuing discussions with everyone involved to turn the community vision into a reality.”

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes released the following statement:

“I am humbled and pleased to learn that DOT is listening to the community stakeholders in deciding to create a new design plan for the Scajaquada Expressway. I look forward to the DOT and community working together constructively to address the entire expressway and create a safer greener and more efficient transportation route for all.”

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