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Warners Thruway Service Area Reopens, 1st with Adult Changing Stations


Another Thruway service area has reopened following its redesign and redevelopment.

The Thruway Authority has announced the Warners Service Area is back open. Located between the Port Byron and DeWitt thruway stops, the Warners Service Area is the 15th new stop to reopen as part of the thruway’s goal to modernize all 27 thruway service areas. Warners is also the first of five select stops to feature adult changing stations to increase accessibility for those travelling with adults with disabilities and special needs.

Senator Pam Helming said, “Several years ago, I began conversations with the Thruway Authority about the need for adult changing stations at service areas. Board chair Joanie Mahoney was immediately receptive to the idea and took steps to make this happen as part of the planned service area improvements. I would also like to thank Acting Executive Director Frank Hoare for seeing this plan through. The opening of the first of five adult changing stations is welcome news to me, but more importantly, to our citizens with disabilities and special needs and their families and caregivers. These stations are about dignity and respect, and on a practical level, will help families plan their travel to meet their needs. I will always work to expand accessibility for individuals with disabilities and special needs and provide every opportunity they deserve.”

Adult changing facilities will also be placed in the Angola, Ontario, Pattersonville, and Sloatsburg Service Areas.

Thruway Authority Board of Directors Chairperson Joanie Mahoney said, “With the Service Area Redesign project more than halfway complete, it’s important to recognize the addition of adult changing stations at five select service areas. Senator Helming’s support was instrumental in making this a reality and I’d like to thank her for her tireless advocacy on behalf of those with disabilities and their families and caretakers.”

The Warners Service Area now features a Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks drive-thru, Applegreen C-Store, and Taste NY food and drink products.

There is also outdoor seating, a dog walking area, a private nursing area, and a digital tourism kiosk. Four level three high-speed electric vehicle chargers are anticipated to be installed at a later date.

The remaining 12 thruway stops are expected to be redeveloped by year’s end. No toll or tax dollars are being used for the service area redevelopment. Funding comes from a $450 million public-private partnership with Empire State Thruwat Partners.

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