What's Love's got to do with it?

| Friday, December 16, 2005

A new truck stop in North Central Illinois could help add some much-needed truck parking spots to the area.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Utica, IL, Mayor Fred Esmond announced that Love’s Travel Stops will be building a $5.5 million, 9,000-square-foot travel plaza. The stop will be built on 10 acres of land on Route 178 north of Interstate 80.

Esmond told the LaSalle’s News Tribune that the truck stop would add 50 to 60 new jobs in the community, with estimated sales tax revenue of $12,000 to $15,000 per month.

“It’s going to be a great asset to the community of Utica,” Esmond said.

According to a 2002 nationwide study of commercial parking by the Federal Highway Administration, Illinois, ranks 41st out of 49 states, excluding Alaska, in its number of available commercial truck parking spaces.

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