Janesville Travel Center to expand

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Saturday, November 19, 2011
What is it? A stormwater management basin to control runoff from the Janesville Travel Center, 3222 E. Highway 14, Janesville, which will build a free-standing 12,000-square-foot service center.

Restoration of the nearby drainage corridor will involve regrading, protection of wetlands and planting of native prairie seeds. Land east of the drainage corridor is not part of the project, but it will be regraded and restored for agricultural use.

The new service center will include three vehicle repair and maintenance bays, said Jim Campbell, spokesman.

“Rather than going somewhere else, we’ll be able to help the over-the-road truck drivers take care of their vehicles they are having a problem or safety issue with when they pull in. If they have lighting, tire, or any other small problems, we can handle it,’’ he said.

Digging and grading began in mid-October.

“We’re hoping winter doesn’t give us any problems. If it doesn’t we should be done in February,” Campbell said.

The new service center is expected to create 15 to 18 jobs, Campbell said.

Although gas islands were added at the travel center in 2001, Campbell said the project now under way is the first major expansion at the 16-year-old business.

No other changes will occur at the travel center, Campbell said. It still will have truck parking, showers, gasoline, diesel fuel, fast food, truck scales, WiFi, laundry, a driver’s lounge, walking trails, a pet area and travel store.

Last updated: 6:53 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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