Connecticut Turnpike: Service Plazas And Rest Areas
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Service Plazas And Rest Areas
The turnpike has 13 service plazas. All are open 24 hours and have fuel service. All have fast food service; most have a McDonald's. They replaced sit-down dining originally featured in some plazas. Some have small gift shops. All plazas have public restrooms. Since their construction the plazas had pay phones. In recent years, with the widespread use of cellular phones, many of the pay phones have been reduced, or removed entirely. All service plazas on the turnpike are in the process of being rebuilt with new and expanded buildings replacing the original out of date structures. Additional food vendors and traveler services will be provided at each plaza upon completion. This project has brought fresh food options to the I-395 plazas for the first time. Upon completion of the project in 2015, all plazas will have at least a Subway and a Dunkin' Donuts, plus a convenience store. McDonald's will not reopen in the smaller I-95 plazas in Branford SB and Madison NB.
Darien southbound - MP 9 between Exits 10 and 9 - Food and Fuel - Rebuilt 2013
Darien northbound - MP 12 between Exits 12 and 13 - Food and Fuel - Connecticut Welcome Center - Rebuilt 2013. The McDonald's restaurant at this service area claims to be the busiest in the country.
Fairfield northbound and southbound - MP 25 between Exits 21 and 22 - Food and Fuel - CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS
Milford northbound and southbound - MP 41 between Exits 40 and 41 - Food and Fuel - Rebuilt 2011
Branford northbound and southbound - MP 52 between Exits 53 and 54 - Food and Fuel - Rebuilt 2013-14
Madison northbound and southbound - MP 65 between Exits 61 and 62 - Food and Fuel - CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS
Montville southbound only - MP 96 between Exits 79A and 79 - Food and Fuel - Rebuilt 2013
Plainfield northbound and southbound - MP 123 between exits 89 and 90 - Food and Fuel - Rebuilt 2012
The former northbound Montville service area has been turned into a State Police barracks.
In addition to the Service Areas listed above, there is also a Rest Area, with restrooms, phone, picnic area, and seasonal tourist info located northbound at MP 74 between exits 65 and 66.
There are three State Police stations located on the turnpike:
Troop F - Westbrook at MP 74 on southbound side of turnpike.
Troop E - Montville at MP 96 on northbound side of turnpike at former service plaza.
Troop G - Bridgeport at MP 29 and the junction with Routes 8 and 25 on surface road - exit 27, just below interchange.
There is one weigh station located northbound at MP 2 in Greenwich. Weigh stations on both sides of the Turnpike used to exist near Exit 18 in Westport; these were removed during the 1990s. The former southbound weigh station in Westport is now used by CONNDOT to store construction materials, while the northbound station was demolished; the grounds returned to their natural state.
The administration building for the former West Haven toll plaza can still be seen driving between Exits 42 and 43. Today, CONNDOT uses the old toll building as a maintenance facility.
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