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Commuters frustrated with the detours around the Skyway have a sympathetic ear in Congressman Brian Higgins. Though the re-decking of the bridge has been underway for a few weeks, he remains unyielding in his criticism. For Higgins, the $30 million effort is "a compete waste of money because that bridge could not be constructed today because it's unsafe. It doesn't have shoulders in the event vehicles break down."

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Starting later Monday, only two of the four lanes of the Buffalo Skyway will be open to traffic through November. Inbound traffic will use the lanes during the morning commute; outbound traffic will use the span during the evening commute.  Susan Surdej of the state Department of Transportation says detours have been well-planned, but admits the work is sure to be disruptive to the 40,000 commuters who use the bridge each day. 

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Plans for a new Amtrak station, in downtown Buffalo, are moving forward. The state is planning to start work on the $25 million project this fall. But, Congressman Brian Higgins is not giving up on locating the new station in the historic Central Terminal.   

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The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, along with its partners, is ramping up its effort to convince the New York State Department of Transportation's to halt its plan for redeveloping Route 198 in Delaware Park and come up with a better solution.

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While the state Department of Transportation has an elaborate $36 million plan to renovate the Buffalo Skyway, Congressman Brian Higgins wants to shift direction.

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New York State Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll has a new plan for the Scajaquada Expressway - and if the public does not go along with this latest version, the DOT will walk away, with the road a slow-speed expressway as it is now.

When the last two tolls at Breckenridge and South Ogden were removed from the New York State Thruway in Buffalo, some wondered why tolls remain to cross the Grand Island bridges. Those opposing the tolls made their voices heard Wednesday night.

Safety work starts on the Skyway

Oct 10, 2016
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Commuters who drive the Buffalo Skyway should expect lane closures in both directions for the next several weeks. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - it's part of a plan to increase safety and determine the future of the mile-long bridge. 

After years of fighting, more money is in the state budget for Western New York roads and bridges.

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Think Scajaquada Boulevard not Expressway. The state Department  of Transportation is prepared to spend $100 million to turn the road into what it calls an urban boulevard in harmony with the surrounding community.

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A Cheektowaga intersection linked to the recent deaths of two teenagers is getting an overhaul. The New York state Department of Transportation plans to make several safety improvements at Walden Avenue and Harlem Road.

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The Scajaquada through Delaware Park will get some more construction before the snow settles in.

Lawmakers call for additional emergency gates on Skyway

Oct 30, 2014
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Sen. Tim Kennedy and Buffalo Common Councilmember Christopher Scanlon are urging the New York State Department of Transportation to install gates on all Skyway on-ramps.

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The state has proposed a new Elmwood Avenue bridge over the Scajaquada that will look more like the historic stone bridges of Delaware Park.

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After seven years of study, the State Department of Transportation has developed a concept that would change the current Scajaquada Expressway into a boulevard.

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For a year, the State Transportation Department has been studying tearing down the Skyway in Buffalo. Now, a local state senator says it's time to release that information.

State plans for altering Scajaquada draw criticism

Jun 15, 2013
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State and local elected leaders are critical of State Department of Transportation Department plans for improving the Scajaquada Expressway.

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Motorists traveling into the city Saturday from the Southtowns could face a bit of a detour.

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State Assembly Republican leader Brian Kolb has introduced legislation to eliminate a possible duplication of duties regarding the state's roadways.

Kolb is proposing that the New York State Thruway Authority be brought under the oversight of the State Department of Transportation, a merger of sorts. The benefits could potentially save taxpayers millions of dollars.

The legislation is far from approval but it is getting support from Amherst Assemblyman Ray Walter.

Seneca Nation & DOT reach agreement on road work

Aug 6, 2012
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After months of delay, some much needed road repairs will be made to state highways and bridges on Seneca Nation lands south of Buffalo.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald and Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter said in a joint written statement Monday they have agreed to a "framework" to allow the start of rehabilitation work on Interstate 86 and other state owned roads on the Seneca's Allegany and Cattaraugus Territories. 

Improvements made to the Kensington Expressway

Oct 28, 2011

The State Department of Transportation celebrated the completion of the Kensington Expressway improvement project Friday.  State and community leaders gathered at the Jefferson and Cherry Street exit ramp.

The $5.8 million project was funded by state and local investments. It features a garden, along with the newly narrowed streets, sidewalks and lighting. 

The State Department of Transportation Acting Regional Director Darrell Kaminski said African artwork and symbols were inscribed into retaining walls near the exit to honor the community's heritage.