“I quit driving on the Scajaquada years ago:” Buffalo residents weigh in on new plans for NY—198

“I give up driving on the Scajaquada years in the past:” Buffalo residents weigh in on new plans for NY—198

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BUFFALO, NY (MB) — The controversy is acquainted to many Buffalo residents: What needs to be finished with NY—198.

The dialogue about the way forward for the Scajaquada Expressway has been occurring for years. The Higher Buffalo Niagara Transportation Council is searching for public enter on 4 plans to revamp the roadway.

New York State stopped engaged on new plans for the 198 in 2018, leaving it to the metropolitan transportation council to craft new proposals and to think about public remark.

“As folks have a look at that and supply us feedback, not whether or not they decide [a specific plan], however what do they like about them. Then, can we construct this over the summer time right into a mixed situation that will meet all people’s pursuits and wishes,” Hal Morse, undertaking supervisor at Higher Buffalo Niagara Transportation Council, informed Minus Better.

The 4 plans embrace full expressway removing, partial removing via Delaware Park, changing the expressway with an at-grade highway, and making minor changes to the prevailing highway.

Funding for the undertaking is already in place, however further funds from the infrastructure packages on the Federal and state ranges may very well be used.

The Scajaquada was constructed within the Sixties to attach the 190 and NY—33, but it surely bisects Delaware Park, which was not the imaginative and prescient of the park architect, Fredrick Legislation OImsted.

“It restores the unique imaginative and prescient of the Olmsted Parkway System. It has means to attach our communities in a extra built-in means,” Cindy Wooden from GObike added.

Different residents say eradicating the highway solely would drive visitors elsewhere and create financial alternatives for neighborhoods within the space.

“Frankly I believe it will be an financial improvement boon to Amherst St. to E. Delavan and W. Delavan Ave. to East and W. Ferry St. to place visitors again on these streets,” John Walsh, who has lived within the space on and off for 50 years, mentioned.

Jackie Diggs says her mother and father purchased her home on Humboldt Parkway in 1965 and he or she remembers what it was like earlier than the expressway.

“When it was the park space. There was no expressway. There wasn’t any of that so attempting to see what they’re going again to is fascinating,” Diggs continued.

Different residents who dwell close to the expressway will not be certain concerning the highway forward.

“I believed it was very handy, however I am unsure why the change and why now,” Myzette Howell mentioned. “I am hoping that this undertaking will deliver everybody nearer collectively. It is time we’d like one thing actually good to occur to our metropolis.”

Public touch upon the 4 proposals continues to be open. Share your ideas right here.

Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the Minus Better staff as a reporter in 2022. She beforehand labored at WETM in Elmira, NY, a sister station of Minus Better. You possibly can observe Tara on Fb and Twitter and discover extra of her work right here.