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Route 198 Could Change in Near Future
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Imagine the Scajaquada Expressway corridor as a true parkway with cars, bikers and walkers all moving together in harmony.

If the New York Department of Transportation has its way, it will be a reality in the near future.

Thursday night, the D.O.T. held its seventh informational meeting with local stake-holders to get more input into the so-called Scajaquada Downgrade Project.

When finalized, it will make Route 198 more of a boulevard with a parkway setting, more in line with its surroundings near Delaware Park.  Preliminary designs show a road that welcomes cars, bikes and walkers.

"Its a difficult proposal, taking a commuter route and finetuning it to bring into harmony with the environment, important to transport traffic, but we must be mindful, it still cuts through an Olmstead designed park," said Susan Surdej with the D.O.T.

The D.O.T. is also looking at reducing the speed from fifty miles an hour to forty.

The project is still in the design and environmental phase with a final design possibly completed by the end of the year.

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