DARIEN, Conn. – After more than a year of construction, the new 24-hour rest stop on I-95 northbound between Norwalk and Darien opened Thursday at noon.
The $11 million renovation, built by North Haven-based Project Service LLC, features a 25,000-square-foot facility that will house eight food establishments, a Connecticut tourism information desk and 24 gas pumps, according to Paul Landino, president and CEO of Project Service.
The 24 gas pumps is an increase from the 18 the rest stop had previously, and the site also has an electric car-charging station by Tesla. And it offers free wifi.
“We hope to help make Connecticut more of a ‘stop by’ state and not a ‘drive through’ state,” said Shari Dell, a marketing executive with Project Service. The southbound I-95 rest stop between Darien and Stamford, another of the 23 in the state that Project Service LLC is renovating, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer.
The northbound rest stop will generate 15 percent of its power from solar panels placed on the roof of the gas station bays, and there is an area for truckers to idle their vehicles and plug in their cabin amenities. In total, there are 11 spaces for buses, 27 spaces for trucks and 135 spaces for cars.
Also, visitors will rarely have to wait in line for in the restrooms, because the stop has three, one for men, one for women, and a third restroom that can be converted into either a men’s or women’s room whenever large crowds arrive, according to Landino.
Dell added that location is still accepting applications for employment in the food service and other areas of the rest stop. Visit the location for more information.
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