Interstate 395 southbound travelers keep wondering when Montville’s rest stop will reopen after seeing the installation of diesel pumps and continued interior work.
After projecting a late summer date, Project Service is predicting the facility will be open in October, according to a recently released press release.
Project Service, LLC is the Milford-based contractor responsible for renovating this and the state’s other 22 highway service plazas on Interstates 95, 395, and Route 15 (Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways).
The Montville rest stop is southeastern Connecticut’s only rest stop offering food and fuel services and has been closed for renovations since October 9, 2012.
When it reopens, it would become the twelfth of the 23 service plazas in Connecticut to be completely renovated.
The Montville service plaza will feature Mobil-branded gasoline and diesel fuel, Mobil Mart, Subway, and Dunkin’ Donuts.
It is the first time fresh food offerings will be available at the service plaza.
The projected Montville opening comes after Project Service reopened the I-95 Branford Northbound plaza on September 25. That plaza was closed for renovations since April 17, 2012.
That plaza features McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Subway while Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon are coming soon.
According to a press release from Project Service, “Branford Northbound, as well as the other plazas that have been or will be renovated, has a series of “green” features. The Service Plaza will qualify to operate to “Silver LEED” standards. The Branford facility will utilize photovoltaic solar panels, which decreases its dependence on traditional power sources. Each service plaza will also have facilities for single-stream recycling and idle-reduction technology for tractor trailers. Other environmentally conscious features include, water efficient rest rooms, energy efficient insulation and lighting, state-of-the-art and super efficient heating and air conditioning units, as well as charging stations for electric cars at some of the Darien and Milford Service Plazas.”
The press release also stated: “We are committed to creating environmentally friendly service plazas, while also providing great food choices, clean restrooms, fuel and convenience,” said Paul Landino, President and CEO of Project Service. “We have had great success with the service plazas we have completed so far, and look forward to serve those traveling on Connecticut’s highways as we work to renovate the remaining service plazas in the state.”
In addition to the Branford plaza, other plazas that have reopened after extensive renovations are in Milford and Darien on I-95, North Haven and Fairfield on Route 15, and Plainfield on I-395.
The press release stated that the most recent service plazas that have closed for renovations were I-95 Fairfield Southbound and I-95 Madison Southbound.
I-95 Fairfield Southbound plaza closed on Sept. 23 and is slated for a Fall 2014 reopening featuring Subway, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, Alltown Convenience Store, and Statement Gift Shop.
The I-95 Madison Southbound plaza closed on Sept. 25 and is scheduled to be reopened in Winter 2014. It will have a Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Alltown Convenience Store.