In an effort to improve tourism in Warren County and the Adirondacks, a $1 million reconstruction of the rest area on the northbound side of I-87 between Exits 17 and 18 will commence as early as this spring.
Artist rendering of upgraded rest area, provided by NYS DOT
The rest area is currently made up of two separate buildings, one housing restrooms and the other a tourism information center operated by the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce. Because they are not connected, motorists who stop to use the restrooms are not being exposed to the abundance of informational materials located in the tourism center.
The primary purpose of of the revitalization project is to enclose the area between the two buildings to form a lobby and entry space. This way, everyone will have to pass the display of brochures and publications on the way to the restrooms, and will therefore be more likely to learn about and take advantage of dining, entertainment, and historical attractions in the region.
A third “family” restroom will be created to serve as a backup to the existing pair of facilities. Also, exterior improvements will be made in order to create a “gateway” feel, as the rest area is part of the gateway to the Adirondacks.
The new rest area will open up an array of additional opportunities for the future, including the establishment of a farmers’ market on the site, as well as other amenities.
“For travelers new to the region, this strategically located rest area is their first impression of our hospitality, its condition, and convenience reflecting what we offer,” said Senator Betty Little in a statement. “These upgrades will no doubt have a long-term beneficial impact for our region for many years to come.”