Demolition begins at iconic turnpike rest stop in Vinita

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 6/25/2013 12:25 pm Published: 6/25/2013 10:59 am

Demolition is underway at the iconic McDonald’s rest stop along the Will Rogers Turnpike in Vinita.

It marks the beginning of a multi-million dollar renovation project.

It’s known as the glasshouse and a sign with the name was one of the first things to go.

With its double arches across the turnpike, it’s one of the first sights travelers see as they head into Oklahoma.

“It’s nasty,” Herbert Roy said. “It just needs to be updated.”

Roy is the job supervisor with Timberlake Construction and is in charge of this $14.6 million renovation project of the rest stop that was built back in 1957 and hasn’t been updated since.

FOX23 News found out four weeks are set aside for demolition before construction begins.

“They’ll tentatively start tearing down the building from the inside out, and they’ll start tearing from the outside in.”

They won’t tear down everything; parts of the existing structure like the iconic arches will be incorporated into the new structure.

But Roy says there will be updates and changes to modernize the building.

“New foundations, new floor slabs, new structural,” Roy began. “There will be new glass, new ends on both ends, instead of EZ-go, it’ll be Kum-and-Go on both sides.”

We found out the demolition you see here must be done with caution as cars and trucks are constantly racing by.

“The difficulty with the project is working with I-44. We can only do half at the time; we close the lanes, that kind of thing. We have to be really careful with the flow of traffic.”

Roy says we likely won’t see lane closures out here until after Labor Day.
Fox23 News learned the contractor has a $3.6 million incentive to finish the project within a year.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/27/2013 11:07 AM
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I Remember when it was Stuckeys!! Mmmmmmmm peanut brittle mmmmmmmm. Now that it's Mickeydees make mine a double Mc Doubles are Th mcbomb.

FalconMoon - 6/25/2013 2:57 PM
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That's a real shame. McDonald's is simply poison; highly addictive, toxic poison. It's too bad that it's being rebuilt. The world needs a lot fewer McDonald's and other places that serve nothing but poisons.
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