- Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015

ROOT, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is opening a living history rest area near an Erie Canal lock located along a stretch of the Thruway in the Mohawk Valley.

The Canal Corp. and Thruway Authority announced this week that the new facility will include a visitors’ center and parking areas located adjacent to Lock E-13 on the Mohawk River in the Montgomery County town of Root, about 40 miles northwest of Albany.

The rest area is located between Thruway exits 28 and 29 and is only accessible via Interstate 90’s westbound lanes.

The facility will offer tourism information and interpretive displays showcasing the history of the region.

The rest area is expected to open in the fall.

Last year, the Port Byron Old Erie Canal Heritage Park opened along the Thruway’s eastbound lanes 25 miles west of Syracuse.

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