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New Food, Retail Options Coming to I-95

Take a look at the new service plazas on Interstate 95.

Corey Sipe is a blogger on Montville Patch.

Folks travelling on Interstate 95 between southeastern Connecticut and New York will soon have a more welcoming place to make a quick stop.

Travelers have already seen the demolition of two 1950’s cinderblock flat-roof service plaza buildings in Milford, not far from I-95’s interchange with I-91 in New Haven.

Two new white New England colonial style structures with cupolas and large windows have been constructed along with large Mobil gas stations and diesel services.

These are located on the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate. 

Connecticut Post photos show the facilities have similar architectural elements as the Massachusetts Turnpike Service Plazas in Charlton.

Visitors can enjoy shopping alongside a food court with seating, wireless Internet, and restrooms.

Food vendors in both buildings will include a SubwayMcDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts, and Sbarro.

Both facilities will offer retail shops including a Statement Shop with t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel, along with a Fast Freddie's Convenience Store, according to Connecticut Department of Transportation Spokesman Kevin Nursick.

The northbound service plaza, scheduled to open in mid to late January, will additionally include aRobeks Fruit Smoothies and . The northbound plaza will have a total of six food and beverage outlets. 

The larger southbound facility, slated to open in February, will also feature a Panda ExpressMoe's Southwest GrillCarvel, and Cheeseboy: Grilled Cheese To Go. The southbound plaza will have eight food and beverage vendors. 

These will be the first Connecticut I-95 Service Plazas to be extensively reconfigured to offer new food and retail choices. 

These improvements are part of a $178 million infrastructure improvement project by Project Service LLC to upgrade the state’s highway service areas on  and .

The Plainfield Service Plazas closed in October 2011 for renovations which are expected to be completed by June 2012.

After they reopen, the southbound Montville Service Plaza will close for renovations with a scheduled reopening in April 2013. 

The three I-395 facilities will feature Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Fast Freddie’s Convenience Store, and Mobil gasoline. They will resemble the recently renovated service plazas in North Haven on Route 15.

BJ January 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Cupola, not copula.
Emily Constance January 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Much obliged, Bob!
arkay March 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The rest stop in Milford is an incredibly short-sighted move by the state IMO. Some great eateries are taking hold there: Moe's, Robeks, etc. This is only going to suck life from the towns that 95 passes through. It gives less reason for people to stop in the actual towns and less reason for those chains to open up shop in our empty storefronts. It also perpetuates the car-based sprawl and is very against the new urbanism approach Milford is trying to accomplish with its downtown and transit orientated development. I would've rather seen it be focused on refueling and fewer eating options, but focus as a visitor's center with a great kiosk that guides people to area restaurants, attractions, lodging.

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