The Plot Thickens in NY State vs FHWA Battle over Tourism Signs as Feds Question Legality of Rest Stop Stores

Long Island Press reports that FHWA “suspects New York State may have broken federal law when it recently opened a store at the Long Island Expressway rest stop in Dix Hills. . . . [NYDOT] officials maintain that the new rest area — and several others like it that recently opened statewide — is a legally permissible welcome center and market designed to promote tourism in addition to selling locally made products. But the FHA suspects otherwise, and it has scheduled a meeting with state DOT leaders next month to discuss it and a related issue regarding state tourism signs that federal officials say are also not in compliance.” The disagreement puts part of New York’s $1.7 billion in federal highway funding at risk, according to the report.