Renovated Service Plaza Opens in Branford

By Seth Lemon and Ari Mason
|  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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Renovated Service Plaza Opens in Branford

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New service plazas are popping up all over Connecticut, including one in Branford just off Interstate 95 northbound.

The rest stop opened today.

“Our highways are congested, and sometimes we need a place to stop and take a break,” said Paul Landino, president of Project Service LLC, the company contracted to renovate 23 of Connecticut’s rest stops. “We think that they’re an important showplace for Connecticut drivers that are going between Boston and New York.”

The brand new Branford Northbound Service Plaza offers everything from Subway to McDonald’s to Dunkin Donuts. It's the 11th rest stop to be renovated.

Drivers are already taking advantage of the new facilities and began stopping by minutes after construction workers pulled bright orange cones away from the entrance.

“We just needed a break, and this looked very appealing," said Dawn Spitz. She and her husband, Eric, said the plaza was a convenient place to stop on their drive from Westchester to Cape Cod.

Another customer, Lucia Silicir, wasn’t traveling, but stopped by so her daughter Donna could check out the McDonald’s.

Travelers will also be happy to learn that the restrooms at the Branford Plaza are brand new and spotless.

The plazas even have offices for state police, as well as diesel generators to power up gas pumps and restaurants during bad weather.

But how long until all 23 stops are completely renovated and reopened?

Paul Landino said they hope to finish construction by early 2015.

Six more stops are slated to open by January of next year.

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