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For Immediate Release: 2/19/24 
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 |  


Port Byron Service Area Becomes the 14th New Service Area to Reopen on the NYS Thruway Statewide

New Service Area Features Burger King, Dunkin’, Applegreen C-Store, Taste NY Products and More

DeWitt Service Area Now Closed for Construction; Fuel Remains Available

According to Applegreen, Reconstruction or Renovation of 25 of the Thruway’s 27 Service Areas on Schedule to be Completed by the End of 2024

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the new Port Byron Service Area (I-90 eastbound mile marker 310) in Port Byron, NY is now open to the public, marking an important milestone in the $450 million private investment to redevelop and modernize all 27 service areas. The location is the 14th new service area to open to Thruway customers, which puts the number of new service areas open to more than halfway complete. The Oneida, Schuyler, Seneca, Pembroke, New Baltimore, Clarence, Ardsley, Plattekill, Clifton Springs, Iroquois, Indian Castle, Chittenango and Junius Ponds Service Areas have reopened.

Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Frank G. Hoare, Esq. said, “In 2024, the Thruway is celebrating its 70th anniversary as one of the safest and most reliable toll roads in the nation and we are committed to continually modernizing our system, including our service areas. Many of these buildings were original to the Thruway system in the 1950s and in need of major repair. The Service Area Redesign and Redevelopment Project represents a $450 million public private partnership, funded by a private investment and no toll or tax dollars are being used for construction. Once completed, the new service areas will enhance the customer experience with a wider variety of improved dining options and other amenities while traveling.”

Port Byron Service Area

The Port Byron Service Area is located on I-90 eastbound between exit 41 (Waterloo-Clyde-NY Route 414) and exit 40 (Weedsport-Auburn-NY Route 34). 

Restaurant options include:

  • Burger King
  • Dunkin’ (Drive-Thru)
  • Applegreen C-Store
  • Taste NY Food and Drink Products

Other amenities include:

  • Outdoor seating
  • Dog walking area
  • Private nursing area
  • Digital tourism kiosk**
  • Four level 3 high speed EV chargers**

**Available at a later date

With the opening of the Port Byron Service Area, the DeWitt Service Area (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 280) is now closed for construction. Fuel services remain available at all service areas during construction. The two EV chargers located at the Dewitt Service Area will not be available during construction.


All 27 service areas are being redeveloped as part of a $450 million public-private partnership with Empire State Thruway Partners. No toll or tax dollars are being used for construction.

Customers can learn more about the project on the Thruway Authority’s website. Customers can view a project map, photo gallery and renderings and more information about the planned amenities and services.

In 2023, motorists took more than 396.9 million trips and drove 8.1 billion miles on the Thruway. The Thruway Authority’s service areas are open 24 hours a day and offer motorists a variety of food and beverage options, restroom facilities and fueling for passenger and commercial vehicles. Taste NY Farm Markets and Tourism Information Centers are also available at select locations