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Letter: Here is the stark truth: commuters want to go fast

The horror! How to get to Buffalo from the Southtowns without the Skyway! Commuters want a fast path in and out of Buffalo. They don’t want local streets with traffic signals. They want fast.

When one proposal for the reconstruction of Fuhrmann Boulevard several years ago was an at-grade 40 mph boulevard with three traffic signals in Buffalo it was rejected. 40 mph? Traffic signals? No. Too slow.

Drive and count them. Seventeen traffic signals on 11 miles of 40 mph Route 5 in Lackawanna and Hamburg.

Forty miles per hour and 17 traffic signals?

But those same commuters are afraid of suffering through a few miles of Buffalo city streets.

I want what is best for the people and businesses in the City of Buffalo. Travel on local streets is economic development because people driving on those streets shop and eat at the businesses there. Bypass local streets for a slightly faster commute and businesses close. We know this for a fact because it happened here and everywhere where highways bypassed cities and villages.

Daniel Sack


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