The ambitious $450 million project to modernize 27 rest stops along the New York State Thruway is on set for completion by fall 2025. Officials with the Thruway Authority, told The Citizen that 13 service areas have already been rebuilt and reopened, with three more set to resume service before the summer travel surge.
Upcoming reopenings include Port Byron Service Area in Cayuga County and Warners Service Area in Onondaga County, both expected in the next few months, and Guilderland Service Area near Albany projected for the second quarter.
The massive renovation, led by Empire State Thruway Partners and started in July 2021, faced initial delays due to COVID-19 and supply chain issues.
Key features of the upgraded rest stops include popular dining options like Chick-fil-A and Shake Shack, enhanced amenities such as dog walking areas, nursing spaces, and trucker services. Some have criticized the new rest areas for being too small.
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