Time Is Running Out For 198 Changes

Construction to start next year

Richard Root
November 09, 2017 - 5:36 am
#SaveDelawarePark forum

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - A new campaign has been launched to try and stop the State Department of Transportation from proceeding with its plans for the Scajaquada Expressway.  The newly launched #SaveDelawarePark campaign was the focus of a community forum last night.

As the end of the year quickly approaches, time is running out to force changes, or completely stop, the DOT's plans for the 198.

Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy Director Brian Dold told WGRZ the DOT has been making these plans for 15 years, and have all but ignored the community's input.

"It just misses the opportunity. We're going to have to live with for another 75 years if we don't get it right," Dold explained, "we need to create a road that's appropriate for the park not continue that division of the landscape, continue those divisions of the community."

Dold kicked off a presentation at last night's forum by warning attendees to brace themselves for the before and after slides he was about to show them. The differences between pre-1950's Humboldt Parkway and now are dramatic.

Dold and his supporters have an alternative plan which would go much farther in reuniting each half of Delaware Park.  They have been pitching this idea to the state for years, but to no avail.

The DOT is scheduled to finalize the their plans this year, put the job out for bids early next year, and start construction next summer.

The #SaveDelawarePark campaign is putting together a rally in Delaware Park December 18, but details aren't finalized yet.

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