‘Skyway is Coming Down’: Higgins Touts Plan That Costs Less, Boosts East Side

Oct. 8,  2019

Rep. Brian Higgins is working on an alternative plan to the Skyway that relies on using modern signal synchronization technology on underutilized East Side and South Buffalo streets to move commuter traffic.  (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
Rep. Brian Higgins is working on an alternative plan to the Skyway that relies on using modern signal synchronization technology on underutilized East Side and South Buffalo streets to move commuter traffic.

Rep. Brian Higgins has a plan to ease traffic without the Skyway, and he thinks it can be done at a fraction of the cost of what others say.

Higgins’ plan – an admitted work in progress – relies on synchronized traffic signals along underused East Side thoroughfares and other traffic changes. The improvements could make for faster commute times between the Southtowns and downtown Buffalo than using the Skyway, he said.

The congressman, in a meeting with The Buffalo News Editorial Board, also predicted the Skyway will be demolished, despite a winning contest entry that called for part of the structure to remain for non-vehicular use.

“Look, the Skyway is coming down,” Higgins said. “Half of it is not going to stay up, or portions of it. It’s going to go.
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