The Maryland House Travel Plaza on I-95 near Aberdeen will close for reconstruction on Sept. 15 for at least a year, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Thursday.
When the Maryland House closes at midnight on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Chesapeake House Travel Plaza near North East in Cecil County will remain open for business, with a full complement of new food concepts opening in phases through early October, MDTA said in a news release. Food service, however, will be limited the week of Sept. 16 as new concessions open, including KFC, Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut and Wendy's. There will be no fuel service from 12:01 a.m. to approximately 6 a.m. on Sept. 16.
The older of the two plazas on I-95 between Baltimore and the Delaware line, the Maryland House originally opened the year the highway opened in 1962 and was extensively renovated in the mid-1980s.
The latest reconstruction is part of a 35-year agreement between MDTA and Areas USA MDTP LLC to redevelop and operate the two travel plazas along the northeastern Maryland section of I-95. Under the agreement, Areas USA will keep one travel plaza open throughout the redevelopment to serve customers.
MDTA warned in a news release that truck parking along I-95 in Harford County will be extremely limited with the closing of the Maryland House.
Truck drivers will need to use locations in Cecil County, including the Chesapeake House, the Perryville weigh station and privately-owned facilities at the I-95 interchanges. It is particularly important for truck drivers traveling south on I-95 to plan ahead since there will be limited truck parking available between Cecil County and the Welcome Center in Howard County, the news release said.
The new Maryland House is expected to open in the fall of 2013 to the winter of 2014, with signature Maryland cuisine from Phillips Seafood among its food offerings, MDTA said. At that time, the Chesapeake House will close for reconstruction, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014 to the winter of 2015.
The agreement for the reconstruction and operation of the two travel plazas was approved by the MDTA Board in January and by Maryland's Board of Public Works in March. Areas USA is undertaking the $56 million reconstruction of the travel plazas, which is estimated to create 400 jobs for Maryland's workforce, according to the MDTA, which also said the state will also receive an estimated $400 million in revenue under the agreement.
Renderings of the new travel plazas can be found at http://www.i95mdtravelplazas.com. Customers can provide feedback during the transition and reconstruction to Areas USA at 866-820-1178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.