BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Governor Cuomo sent a letter to NYS Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald on Sunday ordering the speed limit on Rt. 198 to be lowered. New speed limit signs were put in place by early Sunday evening limiting the speed limit to 30 miles per hour on the 198 in the area of Delaware Park.
The change is in reaction to a car which went off the road and into Delaware Park on Saturday, striking and killing a 3 year-old boy and injuring his 5 year-old sister.
In addition to a lower speed limit, drivers should expect new speed message boards and barriers to protect pedestrians.
In the letter to the DOT, Gov. Cuomo wrote,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. Sincerely, Andrew M. Cuomo