Need to make a pit stop while traveling south on Interstate 95 here along the shoreline?
Well, the newly renovated I-95 Branford Southbound Service Plaza is once again open and ready for weary travelers and busy commuters to roll on in.
The plaza reopened its doors at noon on Friday.
Project Service LLC, which has a 35-year contract with the state to renovate and operate the service plazas, started the renovation work in Branford in September 2012.
The southbound facility in Branford is the 14th of 23 highway service plazas across the state to be completely renovated.
Variety of Options
The 23 service plazas are open 24 hours a day, and offer a variety of food options.
The Branford southbound plaza now includes: Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, an Alltown Convenience Store and an ExxonMobil gas station. In addition, an Auntie Annie’s will be opening at the plaza soon.
Branford Southbound, as well as all 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.
Greenwich Plaza Next to Reopen
“Our Connecticut Services Plazas team is excited to provide great food choices, clean restrooms, fuel and convenience to the large number of travelers who pass through the Branford area,” Paul Landino, president and CEO of Project Service, stated in a press release. “We have completed more than half of the service plazas so far, and look forward to continuing to serve those traveling on Connecticut’s highways as we work to renovate the remaining service plazas in the state.”
The next service plaza to open is the Greenwich SB Plaza on the Merritt Parkway.