BUFFALO, N.Y. — Another meeting on the future of Buffalo's Skyway was held Wednesday evening at Southside Elementary School in South Buffalo.
The New York State Department of Transportation looked for feedback from you as it tries to come up with an alternative way to connect the Southtowns and downtown. The public meeting ran until 8 p.m.
The State Department of Transportation hopes to wrap up an environmental view on the possible project in two years.
Western New Yorkers were able to give feedback on 25 "Skyway alternative" concepts. Sixteen came from Governor Cuomo's Skyway alternative competition, and nine came from the DOT.
Some of the concepts suggest improvements to I-190. Others suggest creating new roads or improving the condition of current roads.
"I think the Skyway should be removed," Tyler Madell of Buffalo said.
One person with concerns about Skyway removal is Fillmore District Common Council member Mitch Nowakowski, who attended Wednesday's meeting.
"There's 46,000 cars that use the Skyway every day, but there is also 5,000 to 7,000 trucks that use it everyday. So as we move forward with a plan, we need to make sure that truck traffic is not creating a problem in neighborhoods" Nowakowski said.
Added West Seneca resident Mary Lou Dietrich: "It's a beautiful way to travel, and I wish they'd just leave it alone."
Governor Cuomo says the project is necessary to continue development of the waterfront.
"Open up the inner and outer harbors to further waterfront development, mixed-use development, recreational opportunities, and really build on the momentum that we already have with out waterfront," State Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Susan Surdej said.
If you missed any of this week's meetings another public hearing will be held sometime in the fall.
You can also get more information here.
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