Cheektowaga Still Getting Stoned
by Frank Sikorski
It is time that Cheektowaga’s Supervisor and members of the Town Council enter into serious discussion with the owners and operators of Buffalo Crushed Stone in order to redirect all Quarry traffic to Broadway and Indian Road.
The continual problem of heavy construction trucks driving down Como Park Boulevard to and from Buffalo Crushed Stone Quarry has long been a festering problem to the residents of this area. Residents have endured the problems caused by this type of truck traffic while government entities and private business promised change.
Meanwhile truck traffic over the years has increased in volume and size. Many of the trucks are capable of carrying loads up to forty tons all the while dropping stone along the biking paths, creating a hazard for bikers and walkers.
The trucks spew out clouds of diesel and asphalt fumes defeating Cheektowaga’s healthy Rails to Trails Program.
Residents along Como Park Boulevard and surrounding streets must live with their windows closed to keep out the constant noise of heavy truck traffic, dirt, dust and fumes from diesel engines, and hot steaming asphalt loads.
As years went by articles in Artvoice called for the re-routing of quarry traffic to Broadway.
Over the past years provisions were made by the NYSDOT to widen the Indian Road entrance at Broadway as well as creating the infrastructure for a future traffic control light.
Yet, here we are 13 years later listening to the noise, inhaling the noxious fumes, unable to safely use the biking route along Como Park Boulevard.
Once again it is time to act—this time let’s make a change for the good: Re-route the Quarry traffic Now!
> Frank Sikorski, Cheektowaga
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