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One more travel center planned for Joliet trucking district

Lines of semitrailers drive along Laraway Road on the south end of Joliet. Route 66 Food N Fuel plans to build a second travel center in the area.
Lines of semitrailers drive along Laraway Road on the south end of Joliet. Route 66 Food N Fuel plans to build a second travel center in the area.

JOLIET – Developers eyeing the south end of Joliet have plans to bring another travel center to cater to truckers and other motorists.

A second Route 66 Food N Fuel is in the works, although this one would be off the historic Route 66 highway. The gas station with restaurant, convenience store and video gaming is planned for 2951 CenterPoint Way, a location near Vetter Road that is in the middle of CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet.

Similar travel centers have been built on Route 53, which also is the old Route 66 highway route as it runs south of Joliet.

Route 66 Food N Fuel was the first of its kind in Joliet, which opened at the intersection with Laraway Road in 2013. A Pilot Travel Center followed at the same intersection in 2015.

Speedway recently announced plans to build a gas station with truck fueling and convenience store at Route 53 and Emerald Drive. Speedway is working on an annexation agreement for that four-acre site to bring the property into Joliet.

The new Route 66 Food N Fuel would go on a 7.2-acre site just off the northeast corner of CenterPoint Way and Vetter Road, said Michael Schwarz, director of planning for Joliet. The 9,600-square-foot facility would be similar to the Route 66 Food N Fuel on Route 53, Schwarz said.

That travel center has both a Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage restaurant and a Dunkin' Donuts shop. Schwarz did not have information on the restaurant plans for the new station.

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