Two months of milling and repaving work on the Kensington Expressway from downtown to the Scajaquada Expressway is expected to wrap up this morning. But plenty more work is on tap this year and in 2014 for one of the area’s highest-volume thoroughfares.
“I would say with the paving, we’re about at 50 percent complete,” said Susan S. Surdej, spokeswoman for the regional office of the state Department of Transportation.
New guardrails will be installed in both directions of the Kensington from the Scajaquada to Harlem Road. Crews also will be doing drainage repairs on that section of the expressway through the remainder of this construction season.
In addition, new traffic signs will be installed this season from Elm and Oak streets downtown to the Scajaquada ramp.
Those projects will conclude phase one of an $11.2 million overhaul of the Kensington from downtown to Harlem Road – about six miles of the expressway.
Concrete Applied Technologies Co. of Alden has been doing the work. Most of it has been done overnight to limit lane closures and traffic detours during peak commuting times.
A second phase of the project is slated to begin with the start of the 2014 construction season and continue through next June. It will include repaving from the Scajaquada to Harlem Road in both directions, as well as new signs on that portion of the expressway.
An estimated 83,000 vehicles use the Kensington Expressway each workday.
The state Department of Transportation also plans to seek bids in February for repaving the remainder of the Kensington from Harlem Road to its end at Genesee Street in Cheektowaga – about three miles.
That construction is slated to begin sometime in 2014.