Truckers looking for Connie’s Ampride along Interstate 29 in
North Sioux City, SD, won’t find it the next time they pass through town.
The truck stop, which had been in operation under one name
or another since I-29 was first opened in 1960, was demolished May 10 to make
way for … another truck stop.
The new stop, Goode to Go, will be a 10,400-square-foot
facility with a convenience store, private showers, high-speed Internet access,
five casino gaming rooms complete with video lottery machines, a convenience
store and a restaurant that seats about 90 people.
Marty McGlothen, designer for L&L Builders, the Sioux
City, IA-based contractor in charge of the operation, said there will be six
fueling lanes for diesel trucks. Four are slated for semis, while two others
are being designed for smaller commercial trucks and farm vehicles.
The facility will also have eight lanes for gasoline,
including one for E-85 corn-based ethanol.
One thing that won’t change from the old operation is the
amount of parking space. McGlothen said the 2.5-acre gravel lot that has served
as parking for trucks for years will remain in place.
“They have a gravel lot out back for all the truck parking
that’s necessary,” he said.
Workers began the foundation work for the new truck stop
earlier this week. Construction is expected to begin later in the month.