NYS Thruway to Add Truck Parking, Fitness Facilities as Part of $450M Revamp Project
Albany, NY – The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) released the first of the State’s 27 service areas that will receive a revamp as part of a $450 million, multi-year project.
Construction will officially begin on Thursday, July 29, as ten service areas will close for renovations.
The locations that will close as of July 29 are as follows:
• Ardsley (I-87 northbound, mile marker 6)
• Plattekill (I-87 northbound, mile marker 65)
• New Baltimore (I-87 northbound and southbound, mile marker 127)
• Indian Castle (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 210)
• Iroquois (I-90 westbound, mile marker 210)
• Chittenango (I-90 westbound, mile marker 266)
• Junius Ponds (I-90 westbound, mile marker 324)
• Clifton Springs (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 337)
• Clarence (I-90 westbound, mile marker 412)
• Pembroke (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 397)
Fuel services will remain available at all locations during construction, NYSTA confirmed.
“A new travel experience is on the horizon for customers as this long-anticipated project to redevelop the Thruway’s 27 service area gets underway this month,” NYSTA’s executive director, Matthew Driscoll, stated on Wednesday.
To ensure continuity of services to Thruway customers during construction, no two consecutive service areas in the same direction of travel will be closed for renovations at the same time, NYSTA commented.
“This expansive project will modernize the buildings and amenities, provide diverse and healthy food options with new restaurants and Taste NY products, and enhance the amenities for the commercial trucking industry,” Driscoll continued.
Specifically, commercial driver amenities at the State’s service areas will include increased truck parking, showers, laundry facilities and fitness centers, NYSTA noted.
Picnic and play areas along with pet walking areas and “comfort stations” will also be available.
In addition, NYSTA stated it is expanding food offerings and will offer “a range of healthy products and meals from nationally recognized restaurants.”
Dining options will include Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Shake Shack, Popeyes, Panda Express, Taste NY Farm Markets (featuring only produce grown or produced in New York), Applegreen Convenience Store, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, with specific locations of each food option to be announced at a later date.
NYSTA also noted electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be constructed at all 27 locations “to further Governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s goals of reducing emissions and expanding EV infrastructure across the state.”
While a completion date for construction of the first ten service areas was not given, construction at six additional service areas in Sloatsburg, Ulster, Pattersonville, Oneida, Seneca and Scottsville is expected to begin in 2022.
The $450 million project is funded through a public-private partnership, with no toll or state tax dollars being used, according to officials.