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PAVING JOB MAY TROUBLE KENSINGTON COMMUTERS <br> PROJECT MAY INVOLVE PERMANENT CLOSING OF FILLMORE RAMP

Commuting on the Kensington Expressway could present its share of problems in the summer of 2001 resulting from a major repaving project planned by the state Department of Transportation.

But state engineers believe the commute will eventually be smoother because of the new pavement, and maybe a little more aesthetically pleasing with new landscaping and drainage.

The project is expected to cost in the $4 million to $5 million range, said Eugene J. Nowicki, DOT's regional planning and program manager. And it may involve permanently closing the on-ramp from Fillmore Avenue, where it leads to both the Kensington and Scajaquada expressways.

"We're fearful about the traffic coming down the ramp to go downtown and then weaving with traffic destined for the Scajaquada," Nowicki said. "It appears to be causing some safety problems with the number of accidents we have there."

Nowicki stressed that no final decisions have been made on that or any other aspect of the project.

DOT will seek public input on the proposed project and changes before implementing the project in 2001, he said.

"Whether it will even be that major remains to be seen," he said, though he added he does not foresee the major detours involving city streets as when the Kensington was reconstructed during 1990.

The project is slated to extend from Elm and Oak streets to the Fillmore Avenue interchange.

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