Rep. Brian Higgins is posing new questions to state transportation officials about their plans to rehab the Skyway next year.
Higgins wants the state Department of Transportation to expedite a simultaneous environmental impact study of the Skyway’s long-term future. He says the DOT should make “appropriate choices in regard to how much money will be spent rehabilitating the Skyway.”
“An objective EIS should come to the conclusion that the most cost effective and safe path forward is to demolish the Skyway in favor of a more modern alternative option, such as a lower span structure or a lift bridge,” Higgins said. “The time is swiftly approaching where the Skyway will need yet another paint job, which itself comes with a price tag in the range of $15-20 million. How much longer will we throw good money at this badly outdated transportation infrastructure?”
DOT officials say the scheduled rehabilitation project will range from $24 to $34 million, aiming to maintain the integrity and safety of the structure. They also say a public meeting on the project will be held in late August.
Higgins asks the DOT to release the schedule for the long-term study, while urging it spend “only as much is required to maintain the safety of the structure.”