Pilot Flying held a ribbon cutting Friday for its newest travel plaza at 3140 Ohio 350 in Turtlecreek Twp., east of Lebanon, but is to be open for business Saturday.

Pilot Flying J opens outside Lebanon after delays, opposition

Pilot Flying held a ribbon cutting Friday for its newest travel plaza at 3140 Ohio 350 in Turtlecreek Twp., east of Lebanon, but is to be open for business Saturday.

“We’re going to be 100 percent ready to go at 6 a.m,” said Carney Gillin, a general manager with the company.

The project was held up for two years by opposition and litigation. It is expected to contribute $3.9 million annually in state and local tax revenues and add 70 local jobs, according to the company.

Some neighbors opposed the project and expressed concerns about the noise, crime, poor air quality and declining property values they said the truck stop would bring.

Plans to extend a sewer line to the area, which were ultimately rejected, delayed the construction. The sewer line would have opened up development of more than 380 acres around the Ohio 123 and Interstate 71 interchange.

The new plaza includes 12 gasoline fueling positions and eight diesel lanes with high-speed pumps for quicker refueling, according to a press release from the company. A Wendy’s and Cinnabon restaurants will also be a part of this location, which is Pilot Flying J’s 38th in Ohio.

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