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Higgins calls for state DOT to study taking down the Skyway

Rep. Brian Higgins on Monday called on the state Department of Transportation to formally assess alternative transportation routes to the Skyway.

Higgins, D-Buffalo, who has long advocated for the elevated highway’s removal from along the downtown waterfront, wants the state agency to study other potential infrastructure projects that could take its place.

“If you don’t have alternatives, you’re stuck with this,” Higgins said during a late-morning news conference at Canalside, in the figurative shadow of the Skyway.

Higgins’ office provided a letter dated Monday sent to state DOT Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll asking his agency to begin an environmental review.

“I remain concerned that the tens of millions of dollars which the [d]epartment would have to invest to keep this obsolete structure standing would be better spent on alternative infrastructure which better serves Buffalo and its waterfront,” Higgins wrote.

A DOT spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.