BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Transportation has announced a new planning process for the Scajaquada Corridor.

The process will be led by the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) and help define the future of the area and transportation system. 

“The Scajaquada Corridor is significant in the Buffalo-Niagara Region and this new study will help define how to strengthen its assets to make the entire region even more vibrant and prosperous,” New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said.. “We look forward to working with the community on a transformational vision, identifying the multi-modal transportation access and mobility solutions that can best support it now and into the future.”

The GBNRTC coordinate all interested parties, including community leaders, stakeholders, officials and the public.  

A steering committee will also be created to help guide the process.

Led by the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, neighbors and park users successfully fought NYSDOT's redesign plan in 2017, arguing that it did not address comprehensive needs for the whole corridor and failed to adequately reconnect Delaware Park.

A tragic accident led to immediate changes on the 198, including stop signs for merging traffic, new barriers to protect Ring Road and the speed limit reduction to 30 miles per hour.