Scajaquada Corridor's Defeat a Victory for Olmsted Parks

Olmsted Parks Conservancy has fought project for months

Mike Baggerman
January 08, 2018 - 7:00 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Monday's announcement that the New York State Department of Transportation will rescind its work on the Scajaquada Corridor Project meant a victory for Olmsted Parks Advocates.

"This community has shown its orange colors here," Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director of Olmsted Parks Conservancy told WBEN on Monday. "We're just really happy that DOT has come back to the table and hit reset on this."

She said the goal now is to collaborate with the DOT on Scajaquada plans as a whole, looking at the park plus two ends which were neglected in the original proposal.

"We've got an opportunity to look at this with an urban planning lens," she added. "Not just a traffic engineering lens."

NYS Department of Transportation Announcement Regarding Scajaquada Corridor Project:

“After an extensive effort to create a plan that transforms the Scajaquada Corridor, unfortunately, a consensus could not be reached with the many stakeholders involved.  More than two-thirds of the most recent public comments received by NYSDOT were not in favor of the proposed Scajaquada Corridor project moving forward.  As a result, NYSDOT will rescind work on the Environmental Impact Statement and not move forward with the project in its current form.

NYSDOT has implemented a number of measures to improve safety on the Scajaquada Corridor since the tragic accident that took place in 2015. These measures include but are not limited to: reducing the speed limit; adding speed limit and stop signs, radar speed trailers, and new guiderails; and removing acceleration, deceleration and weaving lanes.  We will continue to engage the community and make safety improvements as necessary.

In the coming months, we will hit the 'reset' button and begin a fresh dialogue with stakeholders.”

Crockatt praised community response to the project, with the DOT acknowledging that more than two-thirds of the public comments were not in favor of the project.

"There were two segments that were missing," she said. "We didn't like the plans they were going to put a big median down the center of it...the intersections were far too big for what was needed. We didn't get what we wanted as a parks conservancy which is to restore Delaware Park and bridge the two halves like it was years and years ago."

LISTEN: Olmsted Parks Conservancy's Stephanie Crockatt speaks to WBEN's Mike Baggerman

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