I am not sure why this seems like such a big deal, except that we were just kids when the NYS Thruway was built. At that time, in the 1950s, it was huge! It was going to mean that Routes 5 and 20 would become secondary roads. I remember before the toll booths were opened, we were allowed to drive on it, and it was thrilling. The progress! The newness!
Now, this summer and fall, in two sections westbound between Syracuse and Weedsport, the Thruway Authority has taken it down to the dirt and put down two pristine lanes of concrete. They did similarly on eastbound lanes last year.
It is a Tonka lover's dream... cement plant, the big machine that applies the cement, big trucks upon trucks, graders, steam rollers, shoulders and landscaping, and many jobs.
How am I supposed to hold this goodness with the fact that we must reduce our dependence upon gasoline over the next very few decades?