Neighborhood gets spillover traffic from 198

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Buffalo’s Parkside and Hamlin Park neighborhoods are seeing different traffic patterns ever since the Scajaquada got slower.

Humboldt Parkway resident Larry Williams says ever since the Scajaquada speed limit was dropped to thirty miles and hour more cars coming from the 33 are bailing out and exiting off the198, clogging up Humboldt Parkway, Kensington and Main Street. “We are part of the constituency. There is a problem here, within it, we need them to come to the table along with the DOT to help us begin to resolve this so that in the end, we all got a place to live and a place to be happy with.”

Stephanie Barber represents the Restore Our Community Coalition.”No one in this room was either alive or old enough to make the decision to build that foolish road, right? Okay, so we have a unique opportunity to make it different. The whole city’s coming back to life, and we’re screaming at each other about one road.”

The residents who gathered in the Palmer Room at Sister’s Hospital Wednesday night got a little satisfaction. The State Department of Transportation and the City promised to improve the striping and signage on those streets, and do a traffic count to see what else could be done to alleviate traffic in the Parkside and Hamlin Park neighborhoods.

“There’s a couple of intersections that we’ve already started some design work.” said Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak. “There’s some enhanced striping that we’re gonna do to help deal with some of the parking and traffic issues that they have in those intersections.” Stepniak says the city also plans to improve the timing of the traffic signals along Main Street this summer to ease congestion.

Humboldt Parkway Resident Larry Williams plans to hold their feet to the fire. “I plan to organize a stakeholders group that’s gonna hold their feet to the fire to make sure that we don’t end up having to look back and saying if we woulda, coulda shoulda.”

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