Ground was officially broken last Thursday for a new Travel America truck stop at Overpass Road in Riverton off I-72.

Riverton Mayor Tom Rader said the village has been talking about a project at this location for over two decades, from when Trustee Joe Bartley joined the board in 1997, four years before Rader.

“People said that this land would never annex into Riverton or be developed,” he said of the Wanless Trust property. “Joe took that as a challenge, and he and the board never quit trying.

“This day has been a long time coming,” Rader added. “That board started trying to open that door, and they never let it die."

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