May 31, 2015

Governor Cuomo Orders Speed Limit Lowered on Portion of Scajaquada Expressway

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today sent the following letter to New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald. It may also be viewed here.

Joan McDonald, Commissioner, NYS Department of Transportation
Main Office
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12232


Dear Commissioner McDonald: 

I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic car crash in Buffalo on Saturday that claimed the life of a young child and severely injured another. 

While law enforcement agencies are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this terrible crash, it is clear that immediate action needs to be taken to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians on the portion of the Scajaquada Expressway that passes through Delaware Park. 

For this reason, I direct you to immediately lower the speed limit on this section of the roadway to 30 mph, install speed messaging boards, and construct park-appropriate guard rails to protect pedestrians.

These actions are to be taken as ýthe Department of Transportation continues to investigate long-term solutions to prevent further tragedies on this part of the Expressway.

This administration will continue to take every available action we can through engineering, education and enforcement to avoid crashes like this in the future.



Andrew M. Cuomo

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