The council, acronym GBNRTC, has published an in-depth study of traffic and mobility in the corridor area, which it calls Region Central. The Mobility Experiential Guide, published in October, drew on various sources of information, including smartphone location data.
Among the report’s findings, the volume of vehicles in the region, on the highway and other major roads, has fallen since 2016 to its lowest level in two decades. This coincides with the lowering of the speed limit on the Scajaquada from 50 mph to 30 mph, after a 3-year-old boy was killed on the Delaware Park ring road in 2015.
We previously noted that the 30mph speed limit was an overcorrection that caused bottlenecks on the freeway. When motorists take alternative routes, the increased traffic on other streets creates a headache for residents.
The Scajaquada Corridor Coalition has influential supporters behind it, including the management of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, which cites the damage done to Delaware Park when it was divided by the freeway. The conservatory wants part of the roadway to go through a tunnel so that visitors can walk from the park’s meadow to the lake, an improvement over the pedestrian viaduct that now connects them.
The Scajaquada and Kensington highways have caused disruption and upheaval in our city. As we have already noted, trying to reverse those decisions made six decades ago may not be the best use of federal aid dollars.