||It has been suggested that this article be merged into Interstate 95 in Maryland. (Discuss) Proposed since October 2013.|
|Location||Interstate 95 in Maryland|
|Owner||Maryland Transportation Authority|
Maryland House is a service area located on Interstate 95 at Mile Marker 81.9. It is located on the median of I-95 and can be accessed by both northbound and southbound traffic. It is approximately 24 miles north of Baltimore in Harford County, Maryland. Maryland House offers food, fuel, auto repair services, and a traveler information center to motorists. It also includes a full-service business center including phone jacks for portable computers and postal service. Maryland House is the busiest rest area in the United States.
Maryland House was opened in 1963 and was renovated in 1987. Wing additions to the Maryland House facility were added in 1989 and 1990. The Maryland House services 2.8 million customers annually. Today, Maryland House is run by the HMSHost Corporation. U.S. Federal law prescribes that rest areas on public (toll-free) interstate highways be maintained by the state, however Maryland was able to obtain an exemption, allowing them to commercialize the Maryland House and Chesapeake House service areas. This exemption was granted due to the fact that the service areas were constructed when the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway was a toll road. Now, Maryland is responsible for the grounds, while the commercial operators absorb the costs of operation. WTOP-FM says that the two commercialized rest-stops bring in $40 million per annum.
- Hershey's Ice Cream
- Phillips Seafood Express
- Roy Rogers
- Starbucks Coffee
- Travel Mart
The original Maryland House closed for renovation at Midnight on Saturday, September 15, 2012 for approximately 18 months (Possibly at the beginning of the Winter Season on 2013-14). A new concession holder, Areas USA MDTP, LLC, will raze the existing buildings on the Maryland House site and replace them with new, modern structures in exactly the same places as the old buildings once stood. While the Maryland House is closed, services will still be available at the Chesapeake House service plaza in Cecil County. Once completed, Wendy's (Replacing Roy Rogers), Dunkin' Donuts (Replacing Starbucks), Nathan's Famous, Jerry's Subs & Pizza, Currito, Auntie Anne's, and Carvel (Replacing Hershey's Ice Cream) will be added to the Maryland House. Sunoco will remain in the service area as well. Philips Seafood will still remain.
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- Maryland Transportation Authority - The Maryland House
- Maryland Transportation Authority - 2008 Fiscal Report