Ideas unveiled for Buffalo's Skyway

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Sixteen design ideas for the Skyway were unveiled as part of the nationwide ideas contest for the future of the road.

Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced the design ideas competition in February, asking firms across the country to come up with ideas on how transform Buffalo's Skyway. Over the summer, more than 100 submissions were made while a panelist of outside experts narrowed the list down to what it now is. Later this month, there will be an awards ceremony, where the firm with the top idea will receive $100,000. The second and third place winners will receive $50,000 and $25,000, respectively.

"This is a continuum, so to speak, a re-imagining of the waterfront," Empire State Development Chair Howard Zemsky said. "This competition is very timely and is very important. We have a four-lane, limited access expressway that extends four miles. We talk about it as a corridor because it's not just an elevated structure called the Skyway but it's really the four lane, limited-access structure that extends four miles from the Buffalo River and Lake Erie Waterfront. I think we're all familiar with the changing use of the waterfront over many decades from industrial to more recreational."

Zemsky reserved opinions on the specific designs that were unveiled.


The boards will be displayed at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library until Friday, September 13.