from nearby residents have suspended plans to enlarge two Interstate
4 rest areas near Longwood, FL. Instead, the state Transportation
Department wants to find out whether truckers and other motorists
can do without them entirely.
April 15, the eastbound and westbound rest areas between Lake
Mary Boulevard and State Road 434 will be shut down for two
months, according to a published report. The closings will force
westbound travelers to drive another 49 miles - to Polk County
- to find a rest stop. Eastbound drivers have access to a small,
unattended rest area with no facilities near Daytona Beach.
There are no truckstops in the area.
announced plans to quadruple truck parking, triple car parking
and replace existing bathroom buildings with larger facilities,
homeowners living nearby complained about the potential for
increased noise, pollution and crime.
travelers' habits during the closure, FDOT could decide to go
ahead with the $10 million expansion, let the rest areas continue
to operate as they do now or close them.