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Tired Truckers to Protest New York Rest Area Closure

The majority of you already know that the state of New York have  a truck parking shortage. Why the New York Department of Transportation plan to close the six rest areas has everyone puzzled. Right now there is $7 million dollars in the Safetea-LU (Hr3, Section 1305) federal funding, which is a truck parking grant that will not have to be paid back since the state is in such poor economic shape. The application to apply for funding can be found here http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-21323.htm
There is no reason to fully close the facilities, there are too many options. We do not understand why they would want to put everyones lives in jeopardy, after all the murdered truck driver, Jason Rivenburg lived in New York.

Most of you heard Charlie Claburn’s calls into Freewheelin on Wednesday and then Evan Lockridge’s show on Friday discussing the rest area closure and the effects it will have on everyone.

Here are the plans for the protest of the rest area closures:
-The permits for the peaceful protest will be applied for next week (It takes 20 days for the town of Schodack to make their decision to grant or deny the permit to protest.)
-Protest will be held at the Schodack rest area on Interstate 90 westbound between exits 11 and 12

-If the permits are granted everyone is scheduled to meet October  31 at 10:00pm if you cannot make it at that time  you are encouraged to show up when you can to take your break with us, the protest will be continued throughout the following day.

-The media have already been notified and are on stand-by

-State Representatives and Congress are in the process of  being  contacted.

-Press Release will be available on the morning of October 5, 2010.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact me via e-mail driversalike@yahoo.com
Contact Charlie Claburn at  518-538-1740
Hope Rivenburg at

We realize that not everyone has access to the internet or Sirius radio to watch or listen for updates. So please do not hesitate to call and ask questions about anything that is on your mind. We would like to remind everyone that the protest is going to be peaceful and no entrances or exits will be blocked. More information to be added, so please keep in touch.

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Six rest areas will be closing in New York beginning in November, 2010.

Rest areas scheduled to be closed as of Monday, November 1:

  • Brewerton/Hastings on I-81 southbound between exits 31 and 32 in Oswego County, just north of Syracuse, Onondaga County. The facility is 29 years old, having been built in 1981. Restroom facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections. The nearest rest areas are on I-81 southbound 46 miles to the north in Watertown, Jefferson County, and 65 miles to the south at Whitney Point, Broome County. The nearest commercial rest area is 10 miles away in Syracuse. Traveler amenities also are available two miles away in Brewerton, Onondaga County; and
  • Schodack on I-90 westbound between exits 11 and 12 in the town of Schodack, Rensselaer County, just east of Albany, Albany County. The facility is 34 years old, having been built in 1976. Restroom facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections. The nearest rest areas are 30 miles to the east in Lee, Massachusetts, on I-90 westbound; 32 miles to the northwest on I-87 northbound in Clifton Park, Saratoga County; or 36 miles west to the Pattersonville Travel Plaza on I-90 – the New York State Thruway — westbound between Exit 26 (Schenectady West) and Exit 27 (Amsterdam). The nearest commercial truck stop is four miles away off of Exit 12 of I-90. Traveler amenities also are available there and at other locations off that exit.

Rest areas scheduled to be closed as of Wednesday, December 1:

  • Lewis on I-87 (the Adirondack Northway) southbound in Essex County between exits 31 and 32, about 40 miles south of Plattsburgh, Clinton County. The facility is 43 years old, having been built in 1967. The nearest rest areas are the Beekmantown rest area, 40 miles to the north in Clinton County, and the High Peaks rest area, which is 23 miles south in the town of North Hudson, Essex County. The closest commercial truck stop is in Lewis, Essex County, within two miles of the rest area;
  • Schroon Lake northbound on I-87 between exits 27 and 28 near the village of Schroon Lake, Essex County. The adjacent southbound Schroon Lake rest area was previously closed on June 4th after the septic tank failed and remains closed. Both Schroon Lake facilities are 43 years old, having been built in 1967. The nearest rest areas for both southbound and northbound travelers are the High Peaks rest area 17 miles to the north in North Hudson, Essex County, and the Glens Falls rest area, 39 miles to the south in Warren County. The closest commercial truck stop also is in Glens Falls, 42 miles to the south. Traveler amenities also are available seven miles away in Pottersville, Warren County;
  • Worcester on I-88 eastbound between exists 18 and 19 near the city of Oneonta, Otsego County. The facility is 31 years old, having been built in 1979. Restroom facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections. Heading east, the nearest rest areas are on I-90 eastbound 47 miles away and on I-90 westbound 50 miles away. Heading west, the nearest rest area is the Unadilla rest area on I-88 eastbound, about 33 miles away. The closest commercial truck stop is in Oneonta, within 20 miles of the rest area. Traveler amenities also are available four miles away in Worcester, Otsego County; and
  • Wells Bridge on I-88 westbound between exits 11 and 12 in Delaware County, near the city of Oneonta, Otsego County. The facility is 35 years old, having been built in 1975. Restroom facilities there will be closed, but the location will continue to be used for roadside commercial vehicle inspections. The nearest rest area is the Owego rest area, 70 miles away on Route 17 westbound. East of Wells Bridge is the East Worcester rest area on I-88 westbound, about 36 miles away. The closest commercial truck stop is within five miles of the rest area, off of Exit 12. Traveler amenities also are available five miles away in Unadilla, Otsego County.

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  1. joyce rose
    October 3, 2010 at 3:01 am

    So glad I got on the website plz keep me posted! Thx for all you do!

  2. john jr burke
    October 27, 2010 at 12:48 am

    wanted to say to jasons wife that it is tragic to lose someone we love and sad to see it could of been prevented with proper safety in truckstops and rest areas.i hope she will succeed in putting sense in the head of the polititians.good luck my prayers are with you god bless

  3. michael smith
    November 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I dont drive a truck. I drive a car. However this is very interesting to me, the closing of Exit 12 rest area on the 1-90 westbound.
    I could get killed or in a serious accident if a trucker is tired and still driving because there is no place to park.
    THIS IS A STUPID DECISION BY THE STATE PROBABLY SOME STUPID STATE WORKER THOUGHT THIS ONE UP.
    I HOPE NOTHING HAPPENS BECAUSE OF THIS BUT IF THERE IS AN ACCIDENT, SUE THE STATE. REST AREAS ARE NECESSARY DUE TO FATUGE OF BOTH AUTO AND TRUCKERS.
    OPEN REST AREA 12 NOW.
    ALSO IT IS A GREAT, SAFE PICNIC AREA IN THE SUMMERTIME.
    A QUIET PLACE TO READ A BOOK OR RELAX IN YOUR CAR.

  4. November 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    What concerns me is that winter is just around the corner and where are we going to park once it starts snowing and the state closes the roads?

  5. joe watkins
    November 6, 2010 at 9:06 am

    closing the rest areas in new york state was a stupid idea,but yet they can use them for dot inspections!saving 1 million dollars a year is just a drop in a bucket compared to all the money they waste on other stupid projects that don’t amount to anything!i was born and raised in new york state,i lived in schoharie county up intil 2008,i was an owner/operator at the same place charlie claburn worked,when fuel went to over $5.00 a gallion i had to sell my truck and the taxes and insurance kept going up i moved out of new york to virginia,virginia had the same problem,but they closed 19 of 41 rest areas.it would save them $9 million a year for up keep,they are all back open now because the new gov.saw the importance of public safty.which is cheaper?$1 million to keep the rest areas open or 5 times that or more if a tired truck driver crashes into a family of 5 because he or she had no place to stop and rest.WAKE UP NEW YORK,$1 million dollars won’t begain to cover a lose of a life if you decide to keep those rest areas closed!!!!! MAYBE THE NEW GOV.WILL SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFTY FOR THE MOTORISTS TRAVELING IN NEW YORK!!!

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