Good Question: Is NYS reusing old toll booths?

Brennan Somers
Created: December 08, 2020 07:31 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A viewer named Jane had a Good Question about changes on the New York State Thruway. She asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers: How does the NYS Thruway authority plan to repurpose all the defunct toll booths?

Crews are busy tearing up the old toll booths no longer needed with the Thruway going cashless. It started near Buffalo then workers moved down 90 to the toll plaza at the Victor exit.

In total, they are getting rid of 52 plazas (230 individual toll booths).

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A Thruway Authority spokesperson told Somers it’s the contractor's responsibility to take them out and handle all the materials.  A few will be saved for historical purposes.

In addition to tearing down the old booths, the second phase of this project includes a redesign.

Workers are cutting areas that have many exits down to normal roads with fewer lanes.

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