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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS - Central Suburban

Board adopts resolution backing Skyway removal

The Town of Hamburg has joined the chorus of those calling for a study of alternatives to the Skyway.

The Town Board on Monday adopted a resolution in support of Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, who wants the bridge torn down.

Buffalo's outer harbor conveys the image that the area is "old, declining and industrial," and the Skyway is a barrier to full development of the waterfront, according to the resolution.

The bridge is dangerous, frequently closed, and continuing maintenance might cost as much as it would to replace it, it said.

On another matter, the town expects to call for bids in the near future for the second and third phases of improvements to the Seaway Trail Visitors Center at the old Wanakah Water Works building.

It has received state grants totaling $121,000, and the town must match that amount but is expected to be able to do so mostly in the form of in-kind services, Councilwoman Kathleen C. Hochul said.

The proposed improvements include two staircases leading down to the beach, clearing the beach and a scenic overlook.

If it is determined the town can't perform as much of the work as expected, it might have to come up with money to make up the difference, she said.

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