Early last month, we told you that plans were put in motion to cover up the Kensington Expressway (Rt 33) through Buffalo.  Now New York State is looking for input from local residents on the project.

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The highway which was designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, an American Landscape architect who is most well known for designing New York City's Central Park, took 13 years to complete, and dramatically changed the face of the Buffalo neighborhoods that it passed through.

Now some 70 years later, the area will be transformed once again as plans are in motion to move the Kensignton underground.

The New York State Department of Transportation is getting the ball rolling on its public engagement process and has now planned two public scoping town-hall-style meetings to gather public input.

The meetings are scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 30th, at the Buffalo Museum of Science. from 11a-2p, and 5p-8p.  The meetings will allow the public to learn about all of the various options that are currently being considered for the project, and to provide their feedback to D.O.T. officials.

Governor Hochul said via a press release:

The Kensington Expressway project represents a historic opportunity to reshape the City of Buffalo and reconnect communities that were severely impacted by the highway's construction more than a half-century ago..It's critical that the community has a voice in how this project proceeds and these scoping sessions will help us inform members of the public about all the options being considered and allow us to listen to their feedback.

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