Buffalo Skyway Corridor

Aim for the Sky: Competition to Re-imagine the Buffalo Skyway Corridor

Submission: August 26, 2019
Registration: June 28, 2019
Language: English, Mandarin
Location: Buffalo, NY, USA
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is inviting teams of urban designers, economists, planners, and architects to compete to set forth their ideas for a future vision for the Buffalo Skyway Corridor in Buffalo, NY.

For more than six decades, the Buffalo Skyway Corridor (NYS Route 5) has occupied a four-mile long swath of land along the City of Buffalo’s waterfront, containing a four-lane, limited-access expressway elevated on an earthen berm, connecting to a 110-foot-high bridge crossing over the federally-regulated shipping channel of the Buffalo River, ultimately connecting with both the elevated I-190 expressway and downtown Buffalo.

Once a link for industrial traffic, the corridor has evolved to recreational uses focused on its waterfront location. Since these changes have occurred, “what to do with the Buffalo Skyway” is an ongoing point of discussion, mostly focusing on its removal and replacement of its traffic capacity somewhere else, all with no clear sense of what the ultimate objective of a “Skyway removal” even is. The desired outcome of the Competition—a future vision of a re-imagined waterfront that yields measurable community benefits outweighing its costs—could ultimately set the stage for required state/federal documentation and impact analyses of alternatives on how to achieve the vision.

Submission: Part 1 – Online Form, plus attachments, due June 28. Up to 20 submissions get invited to submit a Part 2, full technical proposal.

Go to the competition’s website