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$450M overhaul of rest stops approved by NYS Thruway Authority board

The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors approved a redevelopment of 27 service areas along the highway.

The $450 million plan would overhaul the service areas, and was proposed by Empire State Thruway Partners.

A total of 23 out of 27 will be rebuilt. The remaining four will undergo significant physical upgrades.

“The upgrades planned with this redevelopment project include innovative, modern initiatives to improve the customer experience for the tens of thousands of travelers who use the service areas every day,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll said.

Construction will take place in two phases. Officials say 16 of them will be constructed in 2021 and the 11 others will occur in 2023. This will ensure that Thruway drivers can find rest areas to stop at, so work will be staggered.

New upgrades in technology is also planned to use call ahead ordering, kiosks, and drive-thru services at most of the service areas.

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