Arizona is closing 13 of their 18 rest stops temporarily to save money.
They may close as soon as October 19th and won't reopen until at least June 2010.
Az trying to save some money until next driving season
New Jersey has closed most of them on the freeways a few years ago. Most did not have washrooms to begin with, but the few that did are now closed as well.
Utah has closed most of their rest areas on I-15, but sort have replaced them in conjunction with business along the way.
A shame what it's coming to... the first sign of the decline for any civilization is the loss of infrastructure.
VA closed many of their rest areas this summer. I had to drive through the state in August on I-81. Fast Food joints off the exits make a pretty good alternate. Unfortunately, there are some pretty long stretches with no where to stop.
Fortunately, Missouri and Illinois seem to be keeping their stops open. Hope this doesn't become a nation wide trend.
Will be further researched and included in next update to Rest Areas Combined which should be in about 2 weeks.
My wive and i like to take a lot of day trips on the weekends. Probably the 3 most important files I have on the Garmin are 1. Rest Area, 2. Sheetz, and 3. McDonalds. They all usually have clean restrooms.
As we are both "Seniors" and the kids have long ago moved out of the house we refer to Mickey D's as McWee-Wee because they are a potty stop.
I have heard nothing about Ohio closing any of their rest areas, but with the state trying to save money every which way, one never knows. I had heard that Virginia was going to close the rest area south of Roanoke on I-81N, but I see that they have now decided to keep it open.
Mr. Ken, here's a list of them:
Interesting. From Flagstaff, the closest rest area to the south--and to the east and to the west--are included in the closures. And we have no rest areas to the north--if we did, they'd probably be closed, too.
Alabama has one closed also. It's the I-65 southbound rest stop at Clanton, Alabama. It's been closed for a couple of months. I don't know if they're going to re-open it or not. The northbound rest stop at the same location is still open.
I fill my kidneys with their coffee so that is where I empty them.
I just finished putting these changes into Master file - will update file at POI Factory after the 19th.
Wait a sec, you said the kids moved out and your seniors, yet you use such language as McWee-Wee & potty stop. As an adult myself I don't get it, the two of you are talking like baby's. However McDonalds and Service/Mart stations are a great alternative to the closed rest areas and are clean.
Georgia has closed most of theirs.
I totally understand the need to save money, but I wish they'd view rest stops as a necessity not a convenience. It reminds me why I don't like long drives!
But if you look where these are you will see there is other pull offs to get food, water, and bathrooms just down the road.... I could see if there was 50 or 100 miles but, there are towns close to these rest stops,,Sacaton rest area is between here and Tucson. Phx to Tucson is about 111 mile and you have Casa Grand, Picacho Valley, Eloy and several others before you get to Tucson ,, Not a big lose exept to the Indians selling stuff at that rest stop.
The problem is in winter there are more of us there than in summer when even the natives leave. However money problems know no season. According to the news today, money is going to cause mighty problems for the Iowa schools.
But if you look where these are you will see there is other pull offs to get food, water, and bathrooms just down the road....
It looks like some states (Utah, for example) are actually working with gas stations and convenience stores along the interstates to create "commercial rest stops". Although you can use the facilities in these commercial sites, I think people feel an obligation to buy something - even if it just a soft drink or snack. And while these commercial sites are clean and functional, they are not as restful as the public sites.
But when people demand tax cuts and increased efficiency, the government responds by eliminating services.
I wonder if this will lead to an increase in unsafe driving conditions from tired truckers and motorists that use these public rest areas to get some much needed rest and to collect themselves before continuing their drives.
I understand the need for cutbacks during these tough times, but at what cost?
WI has been closing and ripping out their rest stops. Very few are left.
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