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DOT seeks comments on Skyway removal

Public meetings are being held regarding alternate routes.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York State's push to remove the Buffalo Skyway is now up for public review and comment. The first two meetings were held Tuesday afternoon at the Gateway building in Blasdell.

A third meeting is set for Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Southside Elementary School in South Buffalo.

The Department of Transportation has come up with 25 options, which are on display. They include the removal of the current elevated highway from Tifft to Church streets.

The challenge is to come up with some alternate route for the 46,000 vehicles, which now use the roadway as a major commuter link between the Southtowns and downtown Buffalo and Interstate 190.

The state hopes to wrap up the environmental impact study within two years. Then the DOT will have to secure federal funding to help pay for the project. 

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