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    bye bye Skyway?

    The state Department of Transportation will conduct the first comprehensive study of alternatives to the Skyway, examining the 60-year-old structure, alternative routes and what effect changes to the bridge could have on I-190.

    Rep. Brian Higgins announced the study Sunday in a press conference at the Inner Harbor. Other studies have been done on the Skyway, but this one is critical for applying for federal transportation aid that might be used to tear down the bridge and fund alternatives.

    The Skyway is considered “functionally obsolete” and “structurally deficient” under federal highway standards, due to its lack of shoulders, a feature that forces the bridge to close when accidents occur. It is also categorized as “fracture critical,” which means failure of any one of a number of structural elements would lead to a catastrophic failure. The Skyway has also been called an aesthetic blight on the emerging waterfront.
    In 2014, the Congress for New Urbanism named the 110-foot-tall, 1.4-mile-long bridge one of the nation’s 10 “Freeways Without Futures.”
    “The Skyway bridge would not be approved for construction today,” Higgins said.
    Maintenance is also expensive. A 2014 study by the DOT estimated it would cost between $55 million and $68 million to maintain the bridge over the next 25 years.
    Painting the deck alone cost $15 million the last time it was done. The protective coating is necessary due to the excessive salting and resulting deterioration.

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    Re: bye bye Skyway?

    Thing is ugly as ****

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    Re: bye bye Skyway?

    crossing shanty at Erie St.jpg

    This is what the City looked like before the Skyway was built Circa 1935...today this is the entrance to the skyway, the rr track is the CSX/Norfolk Southern Beltline that starts at Central Terminal and goes around the city, the station seen is Terrace St. Station which would be soon be torn down and make way for Exchange Street Station, The cars parked are on lower terrace and where Memorial Auditorium will be built and the tower in the picture is Buffalo City Hall

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    whoops I forgot to say the track was removed in 1952 and a new route was installed

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