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    PCA Traffic Letter

    By submitting a letter through this page, your comments will be sent to Councilman Joel P. Feroleto, Commissioner Stepniak and Police Chief Barba. Please use the Ctrl-V command to paste into the comment box, after copying (Ctrl-C).


     

    Dear Councilman Feroleto, Commissioner Stepniak, and Chief Barba,

    I write as a resident of the Parkside community with concerns about traffic in my neighborhood.

    The construction of the Parkside/Florence intersections has been stalled without notice several times this summer, and has left the street with large, dangerous holes in it and the traffic flow entirely disrupted. Although construction has recently resumed, we must see the work continue so that it can be completed in a timely fashion. This situation is entirely unacceptable, as it has led to severe backups on Parkside Avenue.

    Additionally, it has been confirmed that the construction (not just the usual congestion or the improperly timed signal at Florence Avenue) has caused dangerous cut-through traffic with drivers routinely speeding and running stop signs most notably on Robie Street, Woodward Avenue, and Crescent Avenue. In addition to this disrupting the quality of life for our residents, our neighborhood side streets are filled with young children and pedestrians, who are at risk of serious injury by these unlawful drivers.

    There has been no discernible enforcement of traffic laws anywhere in the neighborhood, despite previous assurances by Chief Barba at a March 1, 2016 meeting at the Parkside Community Association office. In addition to stop signs throughout our neighborhood being disregarded, there has been mass, flagrant disregard of the “No Left Turn” onto Greenfield Street during the morning commute.

    The lack of progress on the construction site and the lack of traffic enforcement are creating dangerous conditions around our neighborhood, which includes Delaware Park, the Buffalo Zoo, and the Darwin Martin House. Our current traffic conditions are unacceptable not only to our residents, but to visitors to these attractions, as well as the thousands of parents and students who must use our streets to access P.S. 54 George E. Blackman School of Excellence, St. Mark School, Aloma D. Johnson Charter School, Nichols School and Medaille College,

    This is entirely unacceptable.

    In light of these issues in the Parkside neighborhood, I am requesting an update as to the status of the Parkside/Florence construction project, including an anticipated date of completion. I would also like to know what enforcement actions are planned by our police department for the neighborhood in the immediate future. Lastly as part of the city traffic study regarding the Parkside neighborhood numerous traffic calming measures where recommended, I would like to know what measures are planned to be implemented and when? These measures are critical to the safety of the residence of the Parkside neighborhood.

      Yes
      No
      Yes
      No, but I commute through the neighborhood

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