ALBANY — The New York State Thruway Authority on Wednesday announced the impending start of a $450 million overhaul of its service areas.
The two-phase projects will reach all 27 of the travel plazas where motorists get gas and refreshments and stretch their legs. In their current form they date to the 1990s. The first 10 will be shut down July 29 as work starts.
Fuel will continue to be available as construction continues.
In the Capital Region, the New Baltimore and Pattersonville service areas are in the first phase. New Baltimore is targeted for reconstruction from July 2021 through September 2022 and Pattersonville from September 2022 through May 2023. The Guilderland and Mohawk service areas are scheduled for work in 2023 and 2024.
The Authority said the project is being undertaken through a public-private partnership that will use no tax or toll dollars and result in expanded amenities and services, including more food options, accommodations for commercial drivers and additional electric vehicle charging stations.