NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The newly renovated service plaza on southbound Route 15 -- better known as the Merritt Parkway -- in New Canaan will open at noon Friday.
This plaza is the 21st of 23 Connecticut highway service plazas to be completely renovated.
The plaza includes Dunkin’ Donuts, an Alltown Convenience Store and an ExxonMobil gas station. The plaza, as well as all the other ones that have been or will be renovated, has a series of “green” features. The plaza will qualify to operate to “Silver LEED” standards.
The New Canaan facility will utilize photovoltaic solar panels, which decreases its dependence on traditional power sources. Each service plaza also has facilities for single-stream recycling. 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.
“Our Connecticut Service Plaza team is excited to provide great food choices, clean restrooms, fuel and convenience to the large number of travelers who pass through the New Canaan area,” said Paul Landino, president and CEO of Project Service. “We have completed twenty-one 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.”
Project Service LLC has a 35-year contract with the state to renovate and operate the service plazas. All 21 service plazas are open 24 hours a day, offer different food options, and each features an Alltown Convenience Store and an ExxonMobil gas station. The plazas have restrooms, free Wi-Fi and backup power generators for use during power outages.
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