Planned truck stop good news

The news that there will be a Pilot Flying J Travel Center along state Route 7 in Steubenville can only be considered good news.

The company, owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, has roots dating back to the 1950s. It’s a place familiar to just about anyone who has driven between cities in the United States. Truckers know it’s a place to get diesel and a cup of coffee. Auto drivers know it’s a place to get a bite to eat, some fuel, something to drink and some snacks for the road.

They’re ubiquitous and they’re a well-run chain of bright, busy travel stops.

Having one in Steubenville will be a good addition to the community and the region. With all the increasing truck traffic through the area, serving the energy industry and warehousing and the dozens of small factories that have begun to replace the huge steel mills, we cannot imagine the center as anything but a success.

It will light up an area of town that has been all too dark since the loss of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. mill and offices off the south end of South Third Street. That alone should be a psychological lift to residents.

There will be at least 20 employees, and additional jobs are always a welcome sign in the community.

We welcome the investment and the addition to the area’s business community and hope the 4-acre travel stop is just the first of many more developments for the former industrial area at the southern edge of Steubenville.