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Letter: Use common sense, adjust speed limit on Scajaquada

Use common sense, adjust speed limit on Scajaquada

I’ve held my thoughts for as long as I can. What has happened to the Scajaquada Expressway (Route 198) has to be one of the most ridiculous knee-jerk reactions to any tragedy we’ve ever experienced. To drive 30 miles per hour along the part that adjoins Delaware Park is perfectly acceptable, but beyond that boundary, one former contributor to this column quite aptly put it, “At 30 miles per hour, the Scajaquada is useless.” I couldn’t agree more. Beyond the park, we are looking at rusted guardrails, rocks, streams and ponds, and nowhere for pedestrians to walk to be in any danger of being hit.

This knee-jerk reaction was put in place by the very people who could have had tasteful-looking barriers along the narrow strip of turf separating Ring Road from the highway from the beginning. All they’ve really done is deflect attention and culpability away from themselves for the tragedy that happened on May 30.

As far back as the early ’90s, when we were teaching our son to ride a bicycle on Ring Road, we avoided that narrow strip on purpose because of the danger we saw in its proximity to traffic. Where was the barrier then, or even before that?

A few days ago, I must have looked like I had lost it to motorists around me on Route 198 as I was laughing like a hyena. As I got near the Niagara Thruway, right above me was a yellow sign that said, “Expressway Ending – Reduce Speed.” Really? If I went any slower, I’d be going backward.

Wake up, and please let common sense prevail.

John Fantini