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Winning design announced for Buffalo roadway project

September 18, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An elevated Buffalo highway will be removed and a section repurposed as a waterfront overlook under the winning design in a redevelopment competition.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a Rochester team’s “City of Lights” proposal as the $100,000 winner of the Skyway redesign contest Tuesday.

Democrats Cuomo and Congressman Brian Higgins say the project will receive up to $600 million in state and federal resources.

Buffalo has long considered removing the 1950s-era Skyway because it hinders access to Lake Erie and the Buffalo River.

The competition announced by Cuomo in February challenged teams to reimagine a four-mile corridor between downtown and the city of Lackawanna that handles 40,000 vehicle trips daily.

The winning proposal was submitted by SWBR, Fisher Associates and MRB Group. It’s expected to be completed in five years.

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