The New York State Thruway Authority has announced 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 29th, ten 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 are expected to 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 new food concepts which are being planned as part of the redevelopment project. Customers will have food options at all 27 service areas.
The expanded food concepts include:
- Shake Shack
- Burger King
- Panda Express
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Taste NY
- Applegreen Convenience Store
Specific locations for each will be announced at a later date.
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 2018, a customer survey was distributed to gather information from patrons and gain insight into consumer preferences, best practices and appropriate business models. The Thruway Authority says that patrons responded they would like to have more drive-thru and take out options, as well as local artisan food and beverage offerings. The Authority responded with the inclusion of Taste NY and Applegreen Convenience Stores.
In 2022, work is expected to continue on six additional service areas. Phase two includes 11 service areas with renovations expected to begin in 2023. To ensure continuity of services to Thruway customers during construction, no two consecutive service areas in the same direction of travel will be closed for renovations at the same time.
The following service areas will close on July 29 for redevelopment:
- Ardsley (I-87 northbound, mile marker 6)
- Plattekill (I-87 northbound, mile marker 65)
- New Baltimore (I-87 northbound and southbound, mile marker 127)
- Indian Castle (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 210)
- Iroquois (I-90 westbound, mile marker 210)
- Chittenango (I-90 westbound, mile marker 266)
- Junius Ponds (I-90 westbound, mile marker 324)
- Clifton Springs (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 337)
- Clarence (I-90 westbound, mile marker 412)
- Pembroke (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 397)
Construction is expected to begin in 2022 at the following service areas:
- Sloatsburg (I-87 northbound, mile marker 33)
- Ulster (I-87 southbound, mile marker 96)
- Pattersonville (I-90 westbound, mile marker 168)
- Oneida (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 244)
- Seneca (I-90 westbound, mile marker 350)
- Scottsville (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 366)
Variable Message Signs and roadway signage are planned to alert motorists of the construction at the service areas and the location of the next service area on the Thruway.
The Thruway Authority’s 27 Service Areas are accessible to the 250 million vehicles that travel on the Thruway system every year. Thruway Service Areas are open 24 hours a day and offer motorists food and retail options, restroom facilities and fueling for passenger and commercial vehicles. Taste NY Farm Markets and Tourism Information Centers are also available at select locations.
Photo of Thruway Service Area Redesign and Redevelopment Project rendering provided.