One Down, seven to go…
Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad was on hand in early November for the formal dedication of the newly rebuilt Pompano Beach Service Plaza on Florida’s Turnpike.
Secretary Prasad, Turnpike Executive Director Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and Xavier Rabell, President of service plaza contractor AREAS USA, were present for the all important dedication of the plaza which welcomes nearly two million visitors each year.
Special guests at the even included Indy car driver and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ mirror ball trophy winner Helio Castroneves who represented the plaza’s Shell branded fuel company.
The Pompano Beach Plaza is one of eight on the Turnpike, and the first renovation to be completed as part of the 160 million dollar project that will eventually renovate, rebuild or upgrade every plaza along the roadway’s 316 mile length. The re-construction project has been made possible thanks to a unique public-private partnership between FDOT/Turnpike and Areas USA.
The new Pompano building features expanded restroom facilities as well as a new Dunkin Donuts, Wendy’s and Pizza Hut Express. The building has been constructed to strict energy efficiency standards that help it use less energy and make better use of natural resources such as water.