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Allegany River Rest Area

The Allegany River Rest Area serves westbound traffic on Rt. 86, between exits 24 and 23 in the town of Allegany.
Allegany Rest Area

The building's design reflects a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Native American Indian Longhouse and presents an attractive, welcoming building providing the traveling public and commercial trucking industry with a modern, multifunctional rest area.  Collaborating with Native American Indian artist Carson Waterman, many exterior design features were developed to celebrate the history of the Seneca Nation of Indians.  The landscaping scheme includes abundant indigenous plantings that are individually identified with interpretive markers.  Stainless steel sculptures that decorate the landscape relate a traditional Native American story.  The soaring lobby recreates the traditional high, narrow central gathering area, complete with a mosaic tile "fire pit", seating "stones" and a domed skylight "smoke hole".  The grand chandelier simulates a traditional Seneca "dreamcatcher".  The smaller adjacent side spaces represent the individual family living spaces.  Creative floor tile patterns depicting a footpath lead the traveler through the expansive restroom areas.  Other interior Native American Indian features, designed in collaboration with Mr. Waterman, include mosaic floor tile medallions and a multi-paneled art glass window wall that emits multiple hues of natural light across the lobby floor.

The lobby includes a staffed tourist information center, vending machines and drinking fountains as well as handicapped accessible dual facility public restrooms.  Other spaces provided include a NYSDOT truck inspection and maintenance office and a New York State Police Interstate Highway Patrol and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement office, which provides a police presence for the safety of the public and the control of commercial truck traffic.

The Allegany Welcome Center was the recipient of the 2006 "Excellence in Highway Design" Excellence Award for a Highway-Related Project from the US DOT Federal Highway Administration.

Phone Number

Rt. 86 Westbound, between exit 24 and 23
Allegany, NY 14706
United States

Latitude & Longitude
42.099581, -78.526497 Google Maps
Wheelchair Accessible
Pet Friendly
Credit Cards
Internet Access
Free WiFi
Parking - Bus / Motor Coach
RV Parking