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WALL –¬†For Parkway travelers looking to gas up at the Sunoco station at the Monmouth Service Area, it will be a long wait.
The service area near milepost 100 that serves both northbound and southbound drivers will be closed from through May,¬† allowing for a complete rebuild.¬† ¬†The construction is being done at no cost to taxpayers or toll payers. Commuters will still have access to parking lots, and Academy Bus will continue to stop there.
Plans call for the new Monmouth facility to include Shake Shack, Chick-fil-A, Auntie Anne’s, Starbucks and Z Mart.
The existing structure will be demolished and a new one built in its place under¬†agreements announced last year¬†with service area contractors HMS Host and Sunoco,¬† according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which oversees the Parkway.¬†¬†
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During construction, there will be no food or fuel services and no restroom facilities available at Monmouth. Drivers in search of food, fuel, or bathroom facilities are encouraged to use the Forked River Service Area 24 miles south of Monmouth or the Cheesequake Service Area 24 miles north.
HMS Host will replace eight service areas on the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway and remodel six others under the agreement announced last year; Sunoco will make investments in fuel facilities and convenience stores at 21 Turnpike and Parkway service areas, according to the Turnpike Authority.
The new Monmouth facility is expected to be open to the public shortly before Memorial Day Weekend.
Also, the Thomas Edison Service Area on the southbound side of the¬† Turnpike, between exits 12 and 11, will be closed for construction during the same time period as Monmouth.¬†The nearest service areas for southbound drivers are Vince Lombardi or Alexander Hamilton service areas to the north.
Plans call for the new Thomas Edison facility to include Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Pret, Starbucks, Auntie Anne‚Äôs, Z Mart, and a Sunoco convenience store.
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