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Outbound Kensington to close at midnight tonight

For concertgoers, prom dates, Chippewa patrons and others intending to enjoy downtown Buffalo venues this evening, tonight could lead to an exploration of city streets on the way home.

The outbound Kensington Expressway will be closed from midnight to 4 a.m. Saturday in preparation for filming of a new movie next week,

Even more closures will follow, as crews use the expressway for scenes of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.”

Though signs posted near the expressway Friday said the Kensington would shut down at 7 p. m. Friday and earlier information listed an 11 p.m. closure, Regional Director Darrell F. Kaminski of the state Department of Transportation said Friday the gates will drop at midnight on the outbound lanes only. The expressway will be closed from its downtown terminus at the Elm-Oak Arterial to the Scajaquada Expressway interchange.

Among the activities in downtown Buffalo Friday night is the Eric Church concert at First Niagara Center and some high school proms at downtown venues.

Next week, the Kensington will then close beginning Monday evening from downtown to the Scajaquada in both directions every night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until May 16-17

Kensington detours for outbound traffic will be directed to use Genesee Street to Harlem Road. Inbound Kensington motorists will use either Delaware Avenue, or Harlem Road to Genesee Street.

Humboldt Parkway westbound will experience intermittent closures. Traffic will be directed to use alternate routes.

DOT officials say Buffalo police officers will be supervising the closures.