Toll road travel plazas in Howe to face wrecking ball next week

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Another pair of travel plazas along the Indiana Toll Road are about to face the wrecking ball.

Starting on Tuesday, Sep. 13, the Howe travel plazas at mile marker 126 will close to begin the demolition and rebuilding of those locations.

The construction should take about 10 months, with a re-opening set for next summer, according to ITRCC.

The toll-road operators have entered into agreements with Sunoco and HMSHost to build and manage the eight NEW travel plaza that will be built.

Sunoco will be the sole operator of the Portage and Elkhart locations, which will be rebuilt into fuel and convenience stores. It will also operate the new gas stations at the Rolling Prairie and Howe locations, which will be rebuilt into full-service plazas with restaurants.

While the Howe travel plazas are under construction, tractor-trailer parking will be allowed in designated areas at those locations tentatively beginning the week of Sep. 19, once the area is secured. Outside of truck parking, there will be no facilities available at the Howe travel plazas – no restrooms, no fuel, no food – and access will be prohibited to the general public as a matter of public safety.

Below is the travel plaza construction schedule, which is subject to change:

  • Phase 1: Oct. 1, 2015; Fremont travel plaza buildings and fuel stations (MP 146) permanently closed. Demolition complete.
  • Phase 2: July 2016 – early 2017; Portage (MP 22) travel plazas demolished and rebuilt into fuel/convenience stores.
  • Phase 2a: September 2016 – summer 2017; Howe (MP 126) plazas demolished and rebuilt into full-service plazas.
  • Phase 3: Spring 2017 – fall 2017; Rolling Prairie (MP 56) travel plazas demolished and rebuilt into full-service plazas.
  • Phase 4: Fall 2017 – spring 2018; Elkhart (MP 90) travel plazas demolished and rebuilt into fuel/convenience stores.

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