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Thu April 10, 2014

Plan looks to transform Scajaquada Expressway

After seven years of study, the State Department of Transportation has developed a concept that would change the current Scajaquada Expressway into a boulevard.

A new concept would slow the travel speeds of the Scajaquada Expressway by adding a roundabout and more grade crossings.
A new concept would slow the travel speeds of the Scajaquada Expressway by adding a roundabout and more grade crossings.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The expressway has been controversial since it was planned decades ago, turning what had been a parkway through Delaware Park into a high-speed highway carrying tandem-trailers between the Thruway Niagara Section and the Kensington Expressway.

There hasn't been any construction money in sight for years, so the project has been in design studies.  That could change.

"Our goal is to bring the Scajaquada more in harmony with its surrounding," said DOT Regional Public Information Officer Susan Surdej.

The concept calls for "some greenery, some traffic calming, some excellent resources for the community, with improved connectivity, almost double the walking and bike paths that exist now, 15 new crossings across the corridor," Surdej said.

It might be some time before a concept turns into a design that could cost between $80 million and $100 million.