Concern About Speeders From 198 on Parkside in Buffalo | News
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Neighbors who live in North Buffalo are demanding action on a road that about 20,000 drivers use everyday to get to the Scajaquada Expressway.
They're concerned about drivers who get on Parkside Avenue from the expressway, where the speed limit is 50 mph.
Neighbors say they don't slow down as they approach a curve at Parkside and Florence, where the speed drops to 30 mph.
Accidents have happened there involving cars and homes.
When we were at the intersection of Parkside and Florence Tuesday afternoon, drivers ran the red light at the intersection three times.
According to a city report that's in it's final stages of approval, drivers are three times more likely to get in an accident here than anyother crossing in the state. From May 2006 to Aug. 2011, there have been 23 accidents at Parkside and Florence.
Rich Wolf's home has been ran into twice.
"He didn't take the turn, came right through here, hit my neighbor's car, went into my porch," said Wolf, while explaining how a vehicle also pushed a home off its foundation that's neighboring Wolf's home, in Dec. 2010.
Then in February, another vehicle slammed into his front porch.
"It's very frieghtening when you hear a loud noise or when you hear someone screech their breaks you always wonder if it's another accident," he said.
The city says it's getting close to making some major upgrades along the roadway to better protect drivers and residents.
"We've done somethings out there with chevrons to indicate the curb in the road, we've added a signal light, we've added a street light, so those are things that we've started already," said Steve Stepniak, commissioner of Buffalo's Public Works Department.
Some preliminary findings of the review say that the road should be realigned, objects that could impede drivers from seeing the road should be taken down and flashing speed limit signs should be installed.
On Tuesday, area residents spoke about the traffic problems at a public hearing at Saint Mary's School for the Deaf.
"What I see is the cars still exceeding the speed limit, late afternoon, typically they're going 40 miles an hour or faster," said Mary O'Herron, a Parkside resident.
There are serious safety concerns because Delaware Park runs along Parkside where there are many joggers and children nearby.
The city says very little money has been put to Parkside upgrades. The report details that about $1.9 million would be needed to fully upgrade the street and the intersection.
It's possible that there could be more signage where Parkside and the expressway meet, because of how dramatically the speed limit drops.
The city says upgrades could be made this winter or spring.