The Jon Bon Jovi Rest Area on the Garden State Parkway, formerly known as Cheesequake, is the latest Parkway rest stop to close for extensive rebuilding and upgrades.
The project, which is part of a $250 million project announced by then Governor Chris Christie in 2017 to reconstruct or renovate all New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway service areas, is expected to last for several months.
Along with the Jon Bon Jovi rest stop, which is located near exits 124 in both directions, just south of the Driscoll Bridge, the James Gandolfini (Montvale) service area will also be shut down now.
The 2017 agreement was reached with HMSHost, the company that operated the service areas and included eight new service area buildings and six refurbished structures at the company’s expense spared toll payers the expense to make needed improvements.
Sunoco, which operates the fuel pumps at the sites, is responsible for funding the gas station improvements.
In exchange, HMSHost received a 25-year contract to operate the franchised service areas. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which operates the Parkway and Thruway, earns revenue from service center rents and on gasoline sales.
A completion date has not yet been announced.