Service Area Redesign and Redevelopment Project
The New York State Thruway Authority’s 27 service areas are being redeveloped as part of a $450 million private investment plan with Empire State Thruway Partners. Construction is underway on 11 service areas and five service areas have reopened, the Indian Castle Service Area, the Chittenango Service Area, the Junius Ponds Service Area and the Iroquois Service Area.
When the project is completed, 23 of the 27 service area restaurant buildings will be rebuilt, with significant renovations and upgrades to the remaining four. Other amenities will include Taste NY markets, modern restaurant concepts, outdoor seating, food trucks, playgrounds, and pet walking areas, among other things.
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As part of the Service Area Redesign and Redevelopment project, Empire State Thruway Partners planned different levels of service for each service area location based on sales history and traffic data over the last ten years, as well as current services offered to the traveling public and services they’d like to see in the future.
The first three new service areas that opened in 2022 represent some of the smallest locations. When completed, 17 of the Thruway’s 27 service areas will be nearly triple the size or larger, compared to the first three locations. Many locations will have significantly larger buildings, greater seating capacity, and larger restroom accommodations. For example, the Pembroke Service Area will be more than 20,000 square feet with six to eight food concepts, as well as commercial trucking services. In comparison, the Junius Ponds Service Area that opened in Oct. 2022 is 5,742 square feet with two food concepts and a convenience store.
*Service Area levels can be found on the Project Map within the Information tab or on the text view page.