Turn the Scajaquada into a Parkway!
June 2, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation should follow these guidelines for the redesign of the Scajaquada Corridor. We want a Parkway!
- All proven traffic calming techniques should be applied to the project area to establish a 30mph design speed and create a safe and more accessible urban boulevard.
- Additional opportunities for public access crossing the Scajaquada via bicycle and pedestrian are needed.
- Adequate crosswalks with the appropriate safe crossing treatments.
- The Parkside and Scajaquada intersection should be greatly improved to provide a safer pedestrian crossing for the neighborhood and students from Medaille College that use it, current alternatives do not adequately address this issue.
- Roadway design and landscape restoration should be employed to minimize the intrusion of vehicle travel through the historic landscape of Delaware Park to the greatest extent possible.
- The Main Street intersection at the Scajaquada needs to be improved for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles. Improved access to and exit from the Route 198 corridor at Main Street is a critical part of improvements within the entire corridor. All pedestrian crossings do not meet the state standard for safety.
- Create a complete street that accommodates all roadway users; this includes vehicles, commuting bicyclists, recreational bicyclists, recreational joggers and walkers.
- On-street bike lanes and pedestrian walkways are desired connecting to the city-wide network.
- Gateways should be established within each end of the corridor honoring the historical significance of this area by creating a welcoming and inspiring user experience.
- Storm water runoff should be treated naturally throughout the entire Scajaquada corridor.
- Improved ingress/egress from Delaware Park and other facilities is necessary.
- Establish a long-term maintenance plan with all stakeholders and agencies.
- Coordination with NFTA to leverage additional investment as a way to encourage alternative modes of transportation and integrate the corridor into the existing metro system.