New technology and food options will soon be available to travelers along the Indiana Toll Road.
Eight travel plaza locations will soon be built along the Indiana Toll road. The new travel plazas will be built and managed by ITR Concession Co. (ITRCC) LLC, the operator of the Indiana Toll Road, as a part of a recently entered concession agreement.
The incoming concessionaires – Sunoco and HMSHost – will offer modern travel facilities with state-of-the-art technology and new food options.
“The new plazas will be a great ‘welcome to Indiana’ as well as providing for the travel needs of our customers,” said ITRCC CEO Ken Daley. “We are happy to provide ITR customers with these travel plaza improvements which, along with our PUSH project, are investments in safety, customer service and Indiana,” he added.
This $70 million project includes the demolition and rebuilding of the four pairs of travel plaza buildings (eastbound and westbound locations in Portage, Rolling Prairie, Elkhart and Howe, Ind.). 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 fuel stations at the Rolling Prairie and Howe, Ind. locations, which will be rebuilt into full-service plazas with HMSHost operating and managing the restaurant facilities.
“We are very excited to partner with ITRCC and to expand our dining offerings to travelers on the Indiana Toll Road,” said HMSHost vice president of business development Michael Price. “We will be delivering many popular dining brands and upgraded facilities to ensure travelers are feeling good on the move.”
The new travel plazas will provide a range of improved services for customers, including free Wi-Fi, new restaurants with healthy food options, expanded truck parking and competitive fuel prices. Sunoco fleet card customers will be able to take advantage of fuel discounts at all of the new travel plazas.
“Sunoco is thrilled to be associated with the historic Indiana Toll Road, extending our track record as the premier fuel and food supplier for America’s toll roads,” said Bob Owens, president and CEO of Sunoco LP. “At our new facilities, Indiana drivers, interstate truckers and cross-country tourists will find an offering of high-quality fuels, including diesel from high-speed dispensers, along with state-of-the-art convenience stores serving great food. And all of this will be available without having to leave the ITR.”
Following 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 began April 2016.
- Phase 2: July 2016 – fall 2016; Portage (MP 22) travel plazas demolished and rebuilt into fuel/convenience stores.
- Phase 2a: Late summer 2016 – spring 2017; Howe (MP 126) plazas demolished and rebuilt into fullservice plazas.
- Phase 3: Spring 2017 – fall 2017; Rolling Prairie (MP 56) travel plazas demolished and rebuilt into fullservice plazas.
- Phase 4: Fall 2017 – spring 2018; Elkhart (MP 90) travel plazas demolished and rebuilt into fuel/convenience stores.
A travel plaza page has been created, www.ezpassin.com/road-construction/travel-plaza-master-plan/, which will be continuously updated with information including current media coverage, plans, and schedules for the new travel plaza buildings.
- Sunoco is the leading provider of fuel services to American’s toll roads and turnpikes, covering more than 1,900 miles in seven states with the addition of Indiana.
- We are already the exclusive fuel provider for toll roads in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
- Sunoco sold approximately 400 million gallons at more than 70 toll road and turnpike locations in 2015. We will have more than 80 locations with the addition of ITR.