Public hearing set for Kensington Expressway project

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New York Construction Report staff writer

A public hearing will be held Sept. 27 for the Kensington Expressway project in Buffalo.

Hosted by the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, the meeting is an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about the current design plans associated with the project.

Two sessions will be held at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, on Sept. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Constructed during the 1950s and 1960s, the Kensington Expressway replaced what had been a grand, tree-lined boulevard – the historic Humboldt Parkway designed by Frederick Law Olmsted – with a below-grade highway that cut through the heart of the surrounding neighborhoods. Torn apart, the community experienced decline and wide-ranging challenges that exist to this day.

The state has set aside up to $1 billion for the East Buffalo project which includes restoration of the expansive green space that had once connected the community.

For more information about the generational Kensington Expressway project in East Buffalo, click here.

“The Kensington Expressway improvements must enhance the quality of life in our city,” said NYC Mayor Byron W. Brown. “This phase of public outreach will enable the residents to have their voices heard and will allow for their input to be incorporated into the design.”

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