cuts and layoffs of state workers, the Virginia Transportation Department
is moving forward with construction of a $7.1 million rest stop
on I-64, a state transportation official said recently. The new
facility will boast 70 truck spaces.
facility at mile marker 213 eastbound in New Kent County is scheduled
for completion in September, Cyndi Ward, director of special operations
sections for maintenance at VDOT, said.
The new facility
will feature improved restroom facilities, an indoor vending area
with tables, space for a State Police field office, fiber-optic
cable, a computer room and an enclosed lobby containing travel information.
The grounds will be landscaped to include picnic and pet areas.
Ward said the
New Kent center survived the budget-cutters' ax because it was one
of Virginia's busiest, handling more visitors than the westbound
station across the highway, and the only state rest area for travelers
exiting from I-295 onto I-64 east.
officials had also planned to raze and rebuild the westbound rest
area, but that was before VDOT's six-year plan underwent a facelift.
The more modest, 2,300-square-foot westbound station reopened in
Goble, staff writer