Construction to begin on $450 million project to modernize 27 Thruway service areas

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The New York State Thruway Authority says construction will begin this month on a $450 million project to redevelop the 27 service areas located on the New York State Thruway.

The service areas were originally built in the 1950s, with the last significant redevelopment taking place in the 1990s. On July 29, 10 service areas will close for work to begin on the first phase of the project. Fuel services will remain available at all locations during construction.

Following a competitive bidding process, Empire State Thruway Partners was awarded the contract and will rebuild 23 of the 27 service area restaurant buildings and provide significant renovations and upgrades to the remaining four. The contract with Empire State Thruway Partners includes a 33-year term, with two phases of construction. The project is funded through a public-private partnership, and no toll dollars or state tax dollars are being used.

Most buildings at the new service areas will be configured to provide entrances from both the parking lot and fuel station facilities.

New amenities and services at select service areas will also include: Exterior seating with access to Taste NY farm markets, picnic areas, play areas, and pet walking areas with comfort stations; EV charging stations to further Governor Cuomo’s goals of reducing emissions and expanding electric vehicle infrastructure across the state; Commercial driver services including increased truck parking, showers, laundry facilities and fitness centers.

The Thruway Authority announced the new food concepts which will be available to customers as part of the redevelopment project. Customers will have diverse food options at all 27 service areas, offering a range of healthy products and meals from nationally recognized restaurants.

The Thruway Authority has launched a new webpage dedicated to the project and its developments. Patrons can view a project map, renderings and find more information about the planned amenities and services.

In 2022, work will continue on six additional service areas. Phase two includes 11 service areas with renovations expected to begin in 2023.

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