SCHROON LAKE - Two Schroon Lake Northway rest stops will close on Dec. 1 because state budget cuts.
A Schroon Lake rest stop accessible to northbound travelers between exits 27 and 28, and a rest stop for southbound travellers between exits 31 and 32 are affected.
The southbound rest stop near Schroon Lake was closed on June 4 due to a failed septic tank. It remains closed.
The upcoming closures mean the next-closest rest areas for motorists traveling near Schroon Lake will be the High Peaks rest area in North Hudson for northbound travelers and a rest area in Glens Falls for southbound motorists.
The Northway closures are among six rest area closures statewide, according to a prepared statement from the state Department of Transportation. The six facilities targeted for closure are the state's oldest, smallest and least-efficient rest areas, the DOT said.
Both Schroon Lake rest areas were built in 1967.
The closures are expected to save approximately $490,000 for the 2010-2011 fiscal year and $1.1 million annually afterwards, the DOT said.