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State asks for proposals to replace or reuse Skyway

Posted at 1:43 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 13:43:21-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State has issued a Request For Proposals to replace or reuse the Skyway, the main connector between Downtown Buffalo and the Southtowns that has long been considered an eyesore along the waterfront.

The RFPs will be accepted as part of the Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition, which will award $100,000 to the winning design. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the competition earlier this year. Today's announcement outlines the specifics.

Entries from urban designers, economists and architects will be accepted until June 28. The state will announce the top 20 finalists on July 15. The competition will then move to a second round.

In addition to the $100,000 grand prize, the state will also award $50,000 to the first runner-up and $25,000 to the second runner-up. Winners will be announced by the end of this summer.

The Skyway, which was completed in 1953, is currently undergoing a second year of construction as part of a $30 million dollar rehabilitation project by the New York State Department of Transportation.

Redesign ideas can be submitted here.