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It’s time to slow down on the Onondaga Lake Parkway for winter

A snow-covered sidewalk with footprints marking how many people have struggled to walk along the path.
Scott Willis
A snow-covered sidewalk with footprints in front of a home.

It’s that time of year again when the State Department of Transportation drops the speed limit on Onondaga Lake Parkway from 55 to 45 mph for the winter months.

State officials said the lower speed limit is needed because the roadway is prone to blowing and drifting snow that can affect visibility and the road's surface.

The change will remain in place from Nov. 1 until April 1.

Scott Willis covers politics, local government, transportation, and arts and culture for WAER. He came to Syracuse from Detroit in 2001, where he began his career in radio as an intern and freelance reporter. Scott is honored and privileged to bring the day’s news and in-depth feature reporting to WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners. You can find him on twitter @swillisWAER and email him at