January 8, 2018
Following an overwhelming community response to plans for the Scajaquada/Route 198 re-design, the New York State Department of Transportation has pulled its Environmental Impact Statement and will go back to the drawing board to develop a better solution for the roadway.
With over two-thirds of the comments submitted by the public overwhelmingly against it, today we heard from the New York State Department of Transportation that their plans for the Scajaquada Expressway (198) have been pulled — and we could not be more pleased!
The narrow set of design parameters used focused solely on vehicle level of service and congestion relief establishing a 30-mph, limited-access expressway while offering limited accommodation and safety improvements for walking, bicycling and accessing public transit. This failed to meet the transformational vision laid out by Governor Cuomo and would have ultimately attracted more traffic, created congestion and worsened the safety of the corridor for all users.
Going forward, a new model is needed to create a sustainable transportation system that provides local, regional and inter-regional accessibility at an affordable cost to families and businesses, while serving community needs for social and economic exchange. It would not only minimize environmental harm but also help to mitigate it, while protecting and improving our community. It would enhance our ability to lead healthy, active lifestyles, while distributing transportation services equitably among people of all ages, income levels, and abilities. A sustainable transportation system can be the foundation of our economy while supporting a better quality of life for everyone.
The vision of restoring Olmsted’s legacy in Buffalo while contributing to better health, improved environment, economic vibrancy and quality of life has prevailed. Thank you to the New York State Department of Transportation for listening to our community. We look forward to working collaboratively to create a community-supported plan.