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Empire State Development

Getting rid of the Skyway does not involve reinventing the wheel, but going back two centuries to Joseph Ellicott's original design for Buffalo.

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Priorities, spending, taxes, the future home of the Buffalo Bills, economic development and the red/green budget. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and county legislator Lynne Dixon squared off at Hilbert College Wednesday night in their first debate.

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The struggle over the Scajaquada Expressway's speed limit continues, with two Buffalo councilmembers suggesting a different approach.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in town for a victory lap Wednesday. He used an appearance at Buffalo State College to tout the recently-passed state budget was just passed and how much it meant to Western New York, but he also touched on other topics.

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During his latest visit to Western New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke again of economic development and accomplishments. This time, he spoke of finding a design to replace the Skyway. And he announced that New York State is offering $100,000 to the winning entry in a forthcoming design competition.

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While public and private snow plows scurry about the region Friday morning, officials are easing back travel bans in an effort to return to business as normal.  No snow is in the forecast, but a Wind Chill Advisory remains in place until 11 a.m. for all of Western New York. The National Weather Service says wind chill values will dip to 15-below, limiting outdoor activity and prompting many school districts to be closed again today.

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Southtowns commuters will be taking a different route to work Wednesday morning, with the inbound lanes of the Skyway returning to service after major reconstruction. Enjoy the simplicity of traffic both ways until spring 2019.

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The vast construction job on the Skyway is complicating access to the always-popular Italian Heritage Festival, which starts Thursday.

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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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Local drivers who travel the Skyway can expect delays, road closures and detours in the coming months. The New York State Department of Transportation is expecting to begin rehab work on the bridge over the Buffalo River in the coming months - and a public information meeting about the project is set for next week. But Congressman Brian Higgins is still calling for the Skyway's replacement.

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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. 


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Two lawmakers are praising the State Transportation Department for a planned study that will examine alternatives to Buffalo's Skyway. 

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The future of one of Buffalo’s most commonly used highways may be getting some serious scrutiny. Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately begin an environmental review of downtown Buffalo’s Skyway.

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To keep police officers on duty during snow emergencies, elected officials want gates used for closing the Skyway.

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 Congress for New Urbanism picked the Skyway out of nominations from more than 50 cities for its list of  "urban highways most in need of being removed."

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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.

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The Skyway in Buffalo was shut down for a few hours Tuesday so a film crew can shoot a scene.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the filming began around 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m.


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The head of the State Senate's Transportation Committee was in Buffalo Wednesday to hear what some community leaders envision for the "Future of the Skyway."

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Ahead of a roundtable discussion on the future of the Skyway being held in Buffalo next week, a local member of the state delegation is trying to increase support for removing the span.

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

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Rep. Brian Higgins says the New York State Department of Transportation will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of alternatives to the Buffalo Skyway. 

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A member of the state delegation is asking the Department of Transportation to study the cost of removing the Skyway from Buffalo's waterfront.  

Assembly member Michael Kearns has been calling for the bridge's demolition since serving on the city's Common Council.  Kearns sent a letter to New York State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald Tuesday requesting an Environmental Impact Study and cost estimate for removal of the Buffalo Skyway.  

"There has never been a study to see what the true cost would be to take the Skyway down."   

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After a successful summer of activities that attracted thousands of people to the downtown waterfront, Congressman Brian Higgins is once again calling for removal of the Buffalo Skyway.

Higgins points out the the state Department of Transportation recently rated the bridge over the Buffalo River "functionally obsolete," because it lacks shoulders, and structurally "deficient."