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NYSDOT announces $7.8 million project to resurface entire length of Kensington Expressway

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Posted at 3:01 PM, May 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-24 15:01:48-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York State Department of Transportation has announced a $7.8 million project to resurface the entire length of the Kensington Expressway will begin in early June.

According to the NYSDOT, the project will improve travel and enhance safety along the roadway that stretches from Downtown Buffalo to Cheektowaga.

“Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York State is investing in infrastructure projects that bring people together, strengthen communities and keep our economy growing. The Kensington Expressway is a vital artery and this resurfacing project will help give motorists in the Buffalo area a smoother ride as we work to make the corridor even better for both those who use the highway and those who live around it."
- New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez

The project will:

  • Mill and resurface approximately six centerline miles of the expressway and ramps with a new layer of asphalt.
  • Pavement striping and traffic signs will also be replaced within the project limits to enhance visibility for motorists.
  • Curb ramps located along the expressway’s entrance and exit ramps will be replaced to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and fencing located on the raised median between the Locust Street and Goodell Street exits will be replaced.

NYSDOT said this project will also ensure the continued flow of people and commerce as it advances a separate project that seeks to fully cover the Kensington Expressway from East Ferry Street to near Best Street.

"The Kensington Expressway is a vital thoroughfare for thousands of residents of the City of Buffalo and the eastern suburbs. Unfortunately, a historic injustice occurred when a major commercial corridor and parkway in a predominantly Black neighborhood was destroyed to make way for the expressway, which also divided the community. I thank Governor Hochul and the state Department of Transportation for maintaining this vital roadway as we move ahead on plans to partially cover the expressway, unite the neighborhoods, and restore this much-needed public space on the East Side."
- Assemblymember Monica Wallace