Ground broken on Clear Creek Welcome Center
(photo courtesy of INDOT)
Rendering of the Clear Creek Welcome Center near Terre Haute (rendering courtesy INDOT)
Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Smith and Penske Entertainment Corp. CEO Mark Miles joined other state and local officials Tuesday to break ground on the $53.5 million reconstruction of the Clear Creek Welcome Center near Terre Haute.
INDOT said the new facility on eastbound I-70 will feature design elements and exhibits highlighting the state’s racing history.
The center will also include a children’s play area, adult recreation area, a walking path and dog park. Additional truck parking and trucker restroom facilities will be included.
“This new facility will welcome visitors and Hoosiers alike as they enter the great State of Indiana in western Vigo County,” Smith said in a news release. “The goal is to provide a safe, relaxing environment for drivers with the amenities and services they need.”
The current welcome center is slated to close June 1 as crews begin construction, which is slated for completion in 2025.
Renderings for the project were unveiled last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Gov. Eric Holcomb and INDOT also unveiled new interstate signage that is currently being installed.
The project is part of a 10-year plan by INDOT to improve Indiana’s 26 rest areas and welcome centers. When complete, the project will add more than 1,100 semitrailer parking spaces statewide.