BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Construction of crosswalks on the Scajaquada Corridor will begin in October.
The State Department of Transportation made the announcement shortly after community activists called for quicker action by the state.
The speed limit has already been lowered to 30 miles per hour following the death of a three year old child at the end of May. Lanes were also narrowed and stop signs installed on entrance ramps.
The Scajaquada Corridor Coalition says the crosswalks will change the character of the former expressway.
The specific types of crosswalks still have to be defined. They could range from elevated pavement to so-called high intensity crossings that give pedestrians full control.
“The pedestrian on the side of the road can press a button and get traffic stopped by a traffic light above-head,” said Brian Bold, a member of the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition.
They are called high intensity crosswalks because they are very visible to oncoming traffic, well in advance of the intersection.
Those who live along the corridor say the quality of life for their families has already improved with the lowering of the speed limit.
Speaking in a normal voice on his porch on Humboldt, Dan Cadzow said, “Last year at this time we wouldn’t have been able to do this out here because of the background noise. And there’s also a lot less dust.”