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Hitting the road for the holidays? Some Thruway service plazas remain closed to travelers

NEW BALTIMORE, N.Y. (NEW10) – Holiday journey is anticipated to be in full swing throughout the nation over the subsequent a number of days. According to AAA, they anticipate round 109 million Americans to hit the road between December 23 and January 2.

For these touring the New York State Thruway, you might have considered trying to refill the tank and use the restroom earlier than hitting the road as 10 service areas are closed to travelers.

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“It’s definitely an inconvenience,” says Siera Smith who’s driving to go to her mom in New York City. She was filling up at the New Baltimore service plaza simply south of Albany. The New Baltimore relaxation cease nonetheless has fuel pumps in operation however in case you want to use the restroom, you’ll be able to both wait 30 miles till the subsequent cease or use one in all the port-a-potties.

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“I didn’t really have to use [the bathroom] it but I’m not using a port-a-potty. That’s where I draw the line,” Smith says. When the fuel mild got here on in her automotive, Smith says she knew there could be a relaxation cease however didn’t know it might be closed. “I was not too nervous because I knew there would eventually have to be a stop but once I got here and realized it was shut down like this. I guess I have a few more miles to go before I use the restroom.”

According to the Thruway Authority, the redesigns are happening in two phases. The New Baltimore location is already beneath development, as are various different Thruway relaxation stops. Meanwhile, the Guilderland location continues to be open for full service together with restrooms, fuel, and meals till 2023.

The Thruway Authority additionally says no two consecutive service areas in the similar path might be closed at the similar time.

Below is a map with the 27 rest stops that are either already under construction or slated for it.

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