A $27 million  project to transform the 65 acre Orange Lot at the New York State Fair is set to begin this fall.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the project will bring traffic patterns and parking availability up-to-date to meet the needs of 21st century fairgoers.

"For a century, the fairgrounds went virtually unchanged, and in just a few short years, New York has completely upgraded and transformed this historic attraction into a world class, multi-use operation," Cuomo said. "Transforming the Orange Lot is critical in our efforts to complete the Fair's modernization, and will provide much needed additional capacity as we continue to attract more and more visitors to the grounds and to Central New York as a whole."

As currently configured, the Orange Lot is not paved, does not have lined parking, and loses up to 30 percent of its parking capacity during wet weather.
The project to upgrade and improve the Fair's Orange Lot will include:

  • Paving the lot, increasing its capacity, and improving traffic flow
  • New drainage features to prevent flooding
  • A redesigned intersection from Exit 7 on 690 with a new traffic signal
  • Creation of a new exit from the west end of the Orange Lot to I-690 West.

Construction will be completed before the start of next year's Fair.

The Orange Lot serves as the main parking facility for the New York State Fair and the Lakeview Amphitheater.

photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo's Office
photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo's Office

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