State Unsure How to Modernize Rest Areas

6 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 03 2011 Aug 3, 2011 Wednesday, August 03, 2011 4:08:00 PM CDT August 03, 2011 in News
By: Ashtyn McDannold

WILLIAMSBURG - The rest area located seven miles east of Willamsburg sat boarded up and empty Wednesday, closed to visitors. The rest area is a casualty of steps to reduce the cost of maintaining highway rest areas and improving those that remain--a plan that has been in process for ten years.

So far the state has closed seven rest stops around the state, and plans to close three more. It currently costs $3.8 million to operate the 27 remaining rest stops. To finish a renovation plan adopted a decade ago would cost almost $100 million. MoDOT said it does not currently have that money in its budget. 

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