State Senator James Seward has announced that the agreed upon 2014-15 state budget includes funding to reopen the NYSDOT rest area along I-88 eastbound between Exits 18 and 19 in Worcester.

In 2010, the New York State Department of Transportation closed six rest areas on interstate highways in what was touted as a temporary measure. To date, none have reopened.

Senator Seward also advocated for budget funds to reopen the I-88 Wells Bridge rest stop but it was not specifically funded in this state budget agreement. Seward says he will continue to advocate for its reopening as well.