State ready to break ground on Skyway but await federal approval

Governor touts train station and Robert Moses Parkway removal in latest State of the State address
Buffalo's "SkyPark" proposed to replace the Skyway.
Buffalo's "SkyPark" proposed to replace the Skyway. Photo credit New York State

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest state of the state address highlighted the importance of the redevelopment of the public sector.

His latest speech Thursday focused on how the state will be “building better and laying the foundation for our future.”

He highlighted completed projects such as the Exchange Street Train Station in Downtown Buffalo and the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway in Niagara Falls.

Among the signature projects he is promoting for this year will be the removal of Buffalo’s Skyway, which has been discussed for years. In September 2019, SWBR Architects proposed a design that would remove both ends of the Skyway to create the “SkyPark”, which would provide panoramic views for pedestrians and cyclists along a one-mile stretch of the former Skyway.

The removal process could take years at a price tag of more than $340 million.

“Our construction team is ready to break ground as soon as the federal approval comes through,” Governor Cuomo said.

Reaction from Congressman Brian Higgins in a statement: “Governor Cuomo today re-affirmed his commitment to ending decades of inaction to finally tear down the Skyway. Tonight, President-elect Biden will lay out a vision for economic recovery, including an investment in infrastructure, something long overdue for which I have repeatedly advocated. In this tumultuous time for our community and country, this is alignment for the progress we need. Infrastructure must be a key component of recovery - restoring jobs, driving economic development and lifting up communities.”