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Cuomo says NYS ready to take down Buffalo Skyway pending federal approval

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 13:36:23-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — During his fourth day of the State of the State Address presentations New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state is ready to take down the Buffalo Skyway pending federal approval.

"In Buffalo we are taking down the Skyway, an idea first proposed 50 years ago, and creating a spectacular park overlooking Lake Erie," said Cuomo. "Our construction team is ready to break ground as soon as the federal approval comes through."

As Cuomo spoke of the plan, a video of the "City of Lights" Skyway design played on the screens behind him. The design was announced as the winner of Buffalo Skyway Corridor design competition in September 2019 and the design team was awarded $100,000. You can read more on that design plan here.

Although that design was announced the winner and public input was sought on the project, questions still surround the future the Skyway. In January 2020 the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) were looking to get feedback from the public on 25 concepts for the future of the Buffalo Skyway Corridor.