Two rest areas reopen along I-88 in New York

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Good news for truckers driving on Interstate 88 between Bringhamton and Schenectady in New York. The Worcester rest area and Wells Bridge rest area have reopened, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

After a $1.2 million rehabilitation project, the Worcester rest area between Exit 18 and Exit 19 on eastbound I-88 in Worcester, Otsego County, is now open. Parking is also available at the Wells Bridge rest area on westbound I-88 in Unadilla, Delaware City, which has also reopened. Facility construction at the Wells Bridge rest area will commence next year.

OOIDA Life Member Lou Esposito is also a member of the Capital District Transportation Committee’s Freight Advisory Committee. He has been pushing for the reopening of rest areas in New York at every meeting.

“I’ve been complaining about the rest areas and trying to bring people and businesses in, but we have no place for truckers to park,” Esposito told Land Line. “It’s a real big problem in this area.”

Capital District Transportation Committee is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area. According to Esposito, the committee is now tasked with forming a freight policy for the state of New York. Esposito noted that there are several food, retail and other large distribution centers in the area, but no place to park.

“These guys are all over the place,” Esposito said. He has pointed out in meetings that the committee is designing freight policy and “they’re not doing anything about truck parking.”

Worcester currently has 12 truck parking spaces, according to Dave Hamburg, public information officer for Region 9 of the New York State Department of Transportation. Wells Bridge rest area has 11 parking spaces for trucks.

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