Tonight: Free Coffee & Tea to Thruway Drivers

Vibrant sky and last 2014 sunrise on the Hudson River/EarthCam® construction camera

Vibrant sky and last 2014 sunrise on the Hudson River/EarthCam® construction camera

You’ll hear quiet on the river tomorrow, a reprieve for New Year’s Day; construction activities resume Friday. All lanes are open through January 4 of next year — a few days from now — in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First Initiative.

If you’re on the Thruway and need to take five or stretch your legs, then stop at any of its 27 travel plazas for free hot coffee and tea from 11 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

“This New Year’s Eve tradition, in collaboration with Thruway service area operators, is a great way to encourage motorists to take a break during their travels and to help encourage safe driving during the holiday season,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison said in a statement. “It is vital for motorists to stay sober, avoid drowsy driving and use caution not only during the holidays, but throughout the year.”

Reminder: there is no stopping along highway shoulders except in emergencies. For real-time info about traffic conditions on the 570-mile highway, click here.

Wishing you happy and healthy New Year! May the best of last year be the worst of next, and remember, please don’t drink and drive.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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