The state intends to break ground this spring for an enlarged Adirondack Welcome Center along the northbound lanes of Northway (I-87) just south of Glens Falls. The work will add to an existing rest area just south of Exit 18 near Big Boom Road and Hudson River Park. People driving north reach the rest area just after crossing the Hudson River into Warren County.
The expanded center is expected to have kiosks, photographs of the Adirondack Park, an electric-vehicle charging station, a market selling local food and beverages, and a boat-wash station for removing invasive species. It is scheduled for completion late this year or in early 2018.
“We get one chance to make a first impression,” said State Senator Betty Little, who represents most of the Park. “I look forward to seeing the proposed design and sharing my ideas for how we can make this into something much more than a quick break from driving on the Northway and into something that excites people visiting the Adirondacks.”
Plans for upgrading the rest area have been discussed for several years, Little said. Two years ago, she secured $1 million in state funding to refurbish the existing facility because the state Department of Transportation then preferred a smaller, less costly project. The price tag for the welcome center has not been determined.
“I’m pleased that the governor and the DOT have decided to pursue a larger project,” Little said. “I have been very supportive of all efforts to promote the region because more visitors means more revenue and more job opportunities.”
In addition, Little said the state plans to raze an old restroom building at the Schroon Lake rest area father north, which has been closed for years. “It’s become an eyesore,” she said. “But with a little work, it can be converted into a texting stop and an ideal place for truckers to rest.”
Photo of existing facility provided by DOT.