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New York State Thruway prepares for solar eclipse traffic surge

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The New York State Thruway Authority has geared up for the anticipated increase in travelers aiming to catch the solar eclipse on April 8, outlining essential advice for motorists while ensuring the 570-mile superhighway is ready for the influx. Officials have stressed the importance of adhering to traffic laws and advised against parking or standing along the Thruway’s shoulder. This preparation comes amidst a significant $450 million redevelopment of the interstate’s 27 service areas, with several in western and central New York currently closed for renovation, although fuel services remain available.

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In response to the expected crowd, Applegreen, the Irish convenience store chain managing the Thruway plazas, has promised to be “fully stocked” to accommodate the needs of eclipse viewers. Despite concerns over food service delays and restroom queues at newly opened rest stops, there are no plans to introduce additional restroom facilities. The Thruway Authority will increase maintenance and traffic staff from the weekend before the eclipse until April 9, focusing on seamless service and traffic flow.

To facilitate smoother traffic during the eclipse, the Thruway Authority will halt construction and lane closures and suspend special hauling permits in affected areas. With heightened state police presence and additional tow services on standby, short-term parking will be available at service plazas and designated lots, although high occupancy is expected. The authority’s comprehensive preparation underscores its commitment to ensuring safety and convenience for all travelers during this unique celestial event.

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