FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 16, 2014

 

Contacts:         Cheryl Sparks, 410-537-1017          

 

NEW $30 MILLION MARYLAND HOUSE TRAVEL PLAZA ON I-95 TO OPEN BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

Chesapeake House in Cecil County Closes for Reconstruction

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority and Areas USA announce that the new $30 million Maryland House Travel Plaza along I-95 in Harford County will officially open to the public by midnight tonight.  With the Maryland House opening, the Chesapeake House Travel Plaza on I-95 in Cecil County will close for reconstruction.  Highway signs will notify motorists of the changes.

The new 42,000 square-foot Maryland House features food from Wendy’s, Phillips Seafood, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jerry’s Subs & Pizza, Currito, Nathan’s Famous, Auntie Anne’s and Carvel.  The new 5,700 square-foot A Plus convenience store at the Sunoco high-speed fueling station features food from Elevation Burger.  The Maryland House also includes the following amenities:

·         Contemporary design and natural lighting;

·         Additional bus parking and indoor/outdoor seating;

·         Free Wi-Fi;

·         Modern restroom facilities and equipment;

·         LEED certified building with “green” features;

·         Staffed Welcome Center; and

·         Kids Korner seating area.

Through an innovative Public-Private Partnership (P3) with the MDTA, Areas USA is investing approximately $56 million to redesign and rebuild the Maryland House and Chesapeake House travel plazas on the JFK Memorial Highway (I-95) in northeastern Maryland.  At a Jan. 13 preview event, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Areas USA CEO Xavier Rabell, Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr., private sector representatives and other State and local officials toured the new Maryland House.

Areas USA will operate and maintain the travel plazas through 2047, while the MDTA retains ownership and oversight of the plazas.  The P3 agreement supports 400 construction and 575 operating jobs and will bring in more than $400 million to the State over the course of the 35-year agreement.


Timeline – Travel Plaza Redevelopment:

·         Sept. 16, 2012: Areas USA becomes new travel-plaza concessionaire.  The Maryland House closed for reconstruction; the Chesapeake House remained open.

·         Spring 2013: Construction begins on new Chesapeake House adjacent to existing facility.

·         By midnight Jan. 16, 2014: New Maryland House opens for business; Chesapeake House closes for reconstruction.

·         Summer/Fall 2014: Chesapeake House reopens for service with food concessions Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Auntie Anne’s.

Photos of the new Maryland House and renderings of the new Chesapeake House can be found at i95mdtravelplazas.com.  Customers can provide feedback about the new Maryland House to Areas USA at 866-820-1178 or via email at guestservice@areasmail.com.