You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Local

  • Shooting suspect surrenders
    The search for the gunman in Thursday evening's shooting in Fort Wayne led police to a standoff the following day with the suspected shooter.
  • Fort Wayne VA resumes intensive care
    The Fort Wayne VA Medical Center has reopened its intensive care unit, the final phase of restoring inpatient services that were halted two
  • Blind pilot able to fly again
      The front wheels of the Cirrus SR20 lifted off the ground at 2:20 p.m. Friday, and it took just a few seconds for the plane to complete it's steady rise above the red, gold and green tree line on the horizon.
Advertisement
Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
This new rest stop along Interstate 69 near Auburn features a picnic area, vending machines and multiple restrooms.

Perfect day for a drive – and rest area

New pit stop opens near Auburn

The Journal Gazette

Beginning today, motorists traveling north on Interstate 69 will have a new place they can stop to grab a snack, walk the dog or, more importantly, get rid of that feeling that comes with a downing a jumbo soda on the road.

A spacious, 4,500-square-foot rest area – complete with multiple rest rooms – will open at mile-marker 324 near Auburn about 10 a.m., Indiana Department of Transportation officials announced Wednesday.

The rest area occupies 20 acres, can accommodate 80 large trucks and 50 passenger vehicles and will have picnic areas and vending machines. It will also be staffed day and night, seven days a week, officials said.

But with the new opening, the Flat Creek rest area on northbound I-69 near the Huntington and Wells county line will close, officials said.

“The Auburn rest area is a modern facility that is handicapped-accessible and can accommodate a greater number of people and vehicles as it replaces the 40-plus-year-old facility on northbound I-69 in the Markle area,” Todd Johnson, INDOT’s Fort Wayne district deputy commissioner, said in a written statement.

The Flat Creek rest area is antiquated, and there are no plans to remodel or rebuild the facility, an INDOT spokeswoman said.

Indiana State Police will be on hand today to assist with the closure of the rest area, which is scheduled to take place at noon.

Three years ago, the Flat Creek rest area on southbound I-69 closed.

The next nearest rest area for motorists going south is in Delaware County near mile-marker 250, according to a map on INDOT’s website.

The old facilities in the Auburn area – rest areas were on both the southbound and northbound sides of the interstate – were closed in 2001 because of their age.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

Advertisement