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The Kensington Avenue railroad viaduct will close permanently Monday and traffic will be detoured to nearby Clyde Street so the bridge can be removed as part of the $6.5 million Northeast Buffalo Parkway project.

The road construction will continue through mid-1998. When completed, Kensington Avenue will have a surface intersection with the new parkway, said Public Works Commissioner Joseph N. Giambra.

The parkway is being built from the old Harrison Radiator Plant on Clyde Avenue to the American Axle Plant on East Delavan. City officials expect it to remove truck traffic from residential streets and open up new sites for industrial development.

"The short-term inconveniences will be far outweighed by the neighborhood improvements that will be implemented as a part of this project," said University Common Council Member Kevin J. Helfer.

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