VINITA, Okla. - Demolition is underway at the Vinita Service Plaza, which is home to the former world's largest McDonald's.
The travel plaza, located on the Will Rogers Turnpike, still boasts one of the biggest McDonald's restaurants in the world, but the structure is being torn down to make way for a new facility.
The basic bridge and arch structure will remain but everything else is being replaced. The structure will be covered in metal and glass with a limestone base with new buildings and new parking lots.
The $14.5 million project includes a new modern McDonald's as well as a Subway and Kum & Go gas station.
Crews working on the project describe the stop as an unofficial landmark along the turnpike and they want to make sure the integrity stays intact.
"We want to keep its shape. It's going to look very similar geometrically when it is all said and done," said D.J. Gregory, project engineer with Timberlake Construction. It's not going to be a completely new structure in appearance. It will look similar. But it is going to look brand new and wrapped in metal so it will be nice and shiny."
Construction on the new plaza is expected to be complete next year and the new businesses will reopen in summer 2014.
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