Group names Skyway to “Freeways Without Futures” list

An organization that aims to promote walkable neighborhoods has named Buffalo’s Skyway to its top 10 “Freeways Without Futures” for 2014.

The Congress for the New Urbanism made their selections based on the age and design of structures, potential cost savings, and community support, among other factors. They write the Skyway, completed in 1956, has “oddly configured exit ramps [that] lead to a confusing series of one-way streets that further hinder access to the waterfront.”

The group feels it should be turned into a surface boulevard. The State DOT has dubbed the Skyway “fracture critical” while the Federal Highway Administration classifies it as “functionally obsolete” and it will likely cost more than $50 million to maintain it over the next two decades, according to the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Also on the “Freeways Without Futures” list: Rochester’s Inner Loop. You can see the full list here.

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