What's Your Idea for the Skyway?

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Photo credit Buffalo Skyway. April 11, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) If you've got an idea for the Skyway, Governor Cuomo says he wants to hear about it. It could earn you $100,000.

The Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition challenges individuals or teams representing the nation's top urban designers, economists, planners, and architects to reimagine the corridor, help define a clear vision for the City of Buffalo's waterfront, inform the direction for investment in placemaking and deliver economic development opportunities. 

The process involves a two-part submission. Part 1, open now, allows respondents to provide an overview of their idea and how it addresses the main objectives and constraints of the competition through an application form. Submissions will be evaluated for responsiveness to the goals of the competition, technical complexity, and feasibility. The deadline for Part 1 submissions is 3 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

Respondents who best demonstrate how they meet the evaluation factors will be invited to provide a Part 2 submission, to open Monday, July 15, which will include a full technical proposal and finished graphics, suitable for gallery presentation. Up to 20 Part 1 respondents will be invited to proceed to Part 2.  

A jury of experts has been assembled to judge the submissions and will hear from finalists in an event setting to select the three prize winners from this group of respondents. Winners will be announced by late summer 2019. 

Factors the jury members will consider include: the costs to realize a particular vision and respondents' ideas on funding it; how well the benefits of a vision are quantified and demonstrate how they would outweigh the costs to complete; and how well it could accommodate future daily traffic loads between downtown and the Southtowns.