Rest stops along the New York State Thruway are getting a much needed overhaul in the coming months. The work will soon begin after the Thruway Authority approved a proposal to rebuild, renovate, and run the service areas along the Thruway.
First-and-foremost, there is no cost to taxpayers for the overhaul. Even though it comes with a $450 million price tag, that is the value of the contract agreed to between Empire State Thruway Partners and the Thruway Authority.
Empire is leasing the property from the Thruway Authority to overhaul, then operate the properties.
Hundreds of employees across the various rest areas were told that they would lose their jobs this summer. While there is some work being done to hire back those workers by the new operators- there isn’t anything guaranteed. Especially since there will be time between closure and reopening.
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