WNYers share ideas about future of 198

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New Yorkers shared their ideas Wednesday about the future of the Scajaquada Expressway in Buffalo.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s office says the project will change the 198 into an urban boulevard that’s more friendly to bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Right now the 198 is an expressway with a speed limit of 50 miles an hour.

A public meeting was held at Buffalo State College’s Bulger Communications Center, where neighbors were given the chance to comment.

NYS Department of Transportation spokeswoman Susan Surdej said, “We want to introduce 15 new crossings so that pedestrians and bicyclists can get from one side of the corridor to the other, so we’re trying to find some balance and some harmony so this is a really positive project.”

The state DOT estimates that 60,000 vehicles use the Scajaquada Expressway each day.

This project has been in the works for 7 years. The next step is to get it approved, funded and built. It’s unclear how long that will take.


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