Morning commute will be much slower along Scajaquada Expressway

Jun 1, 2015

A Saturday tragedy is leading to major changes on the Scajaquada Expressway, especially where it cuts through Delaware Park. Signs ordering drivers to slow to 30 miles per hour were installed in response.

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On Saturday, a car went off the road, across a lawn and onto the ring road, hitting a family. A three-year-old boy was killed; his five-year-old sister was critically injured and their mother was hurt.

"It's an expressway and so that's why the Department of Transportation has been looking at it to downgrade it to a parkway and we fully support that," said Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Chairman Kevin Kelly

Drivers this morning will see speed limit signs on the road cut from 50 to 30-miles an hour and afternoon commuters will see those concrete Jersey barriers between the road and the park, with permanent guard rails to come.

"It's a busy park and ring road was designed in 1868. So it's been there a long time," Kelly said.

State Deprtment of Transportation has been pondering changes on the road for many years and State Assemblyman Sean Ryan will push for decisions today when he meets with a key aide to the governor.