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Truck drivers voice concerns about shutting down Thruway rest stops for renovations

Service areas along the New York State Thruway are going to be going through a hefty renovation over the next two years.

Not everyone is happy about it, either.

In particular, truck drivers are concerned with the state’s $450 million renovation- and what work at that scale will mean for them.

The renovations will bring popular restaurants and modern appeal- closure of those facilities for the time being will create challenges.


“You’re going to make it more inconvenient for people who use it the most,” truck driver Jay Poquadeck told LocalSYR.com.

Another issue he raised involves security. Those stops are places where truck drivers can use the bathroom, grab a bite to eat, and keep their cargo safe and intact.

Shutting down a large chunk of those rest stops at once will create issues, he says.

“That’s a lot of problems that you’re going to have you’re going to have pollution, you’re going to have liter, you’re going to have people doing things they shouldn’t be doing on the side of the road so it’s not safe, if they’re going to do it they’re going to have to do it quickly,” he added.

The state hasn’t identified any plans to give truck drivers additional accommodations in the meantime.



 

 

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