Use The Toll $ To Repave NYS Thruway
If you've ever driven across the United States, I'm sure you've noticed that most of the interstate highways have no toll. You are not charged to travel on those roads. Many of them also have a speed limit of 70 or 75 mph, unlike the posted limit of 65 on our New York State Thruway.
Another thing to take note of is that many of those other highways are in better shape than much of the Thruway. It's understood that in many states there are not the elements of nature that we have in New York. No freezing, thawing, snow plows, etc. Those elements have clearly taken their own toll on this interstate.
However, with a toll of $4.00 to travel one-way from Utica to Albany, the state no doubt collects a lot of money to maintain the highway. With it costing nearly $13.00 to drive from Albany to Buffalo, you'd expect a smooth highway. Given the condition of the roadway, 65 seems likes a safe speed limit. You'd not want to drive you car at speeds exceeding 75 over those patches and ridges that blanket the Thruway.
Just a suggestion from someone who was very surprised at the bumpy condition of our pay-to-travel interstate highway.