Some good news for those who frequently travel north to New York: The newly renovated Maryland House Travel Plaza on Interstate 95 in Harford County is set to reopen next week.
The $30 million plaza was called “remarkable,” “magnificent” and “too beautiful to call a rest-stop” by project leaders and elected officials during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning.
The plaza will also function as a welcome center to the state, with tourism brochures, a shop selling Maryland-branded T-shirts and souvenirs, and a Phillips Seafood Express that will serve crab soup, crab cake sandwiches and other Maryland-famed fare. Plus, there’s 35 percent more parking than before, free WiFi, high-speed fueling and twice as many restroom stalls.
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) heralded this project, along with coming renovation of the Chesapeake House Travel Plaza in Cecil County, as a successful partnership between Maryland and private businesses that will provide 400 construction jobs and 575 jobs at the plazas. Over the next 35 years, the plazas are expected to bring the state an additional $400 million.