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Turnpike's New Stanton service plaza set to reopen

| Friday, May 1, 2009

The state Turnpike Commission will open the newly constructed New Stanton Service Plaza at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The plaza closed Sept. 3 for construction. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening will be held at 11 a.m. May 14.

The New Stanton Service Plaza, at milepost 77.6 in Hempfield Township, serves only westbound traffic on the Interstate 76 mainline in Pennsylvania. The plaza was constructed at a cost of $5.9 million and was the fifth to be reconstructed and modernized under a 30-year, public-private redevelopment program involving Bethesda, Md.-based HMS Host Corp. and Sunoco Inc. of Philadelphia.

HMS has committed $100 million to rebuild 17 service plazas. Sunoco will invest $70 million to redevelop 17 fueling facilities and convenience stores. Oakmont Service Plaza near Pittsburgh, which reopened May 23, 2007, was the first to be reconstructed under the partnership.

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