is closing three rest areas because of underuse, an official with the state’s
Department of Transportation said April 12.
a state maintenance engineer who is in charge of Alabama’s rest areas,
told Land Line the three areas were:
- On U.S. 231 in Elmore
County, just north of Montgomery, between that city and Wetumpka;
- On U.S. 31 in Baldwin
County, near Bay Minette; and
- On U.S. 43 in Washington
County, near Wagarville.
said the principal reason the state was closing the rest stop is “limited
usage vs. cost to operate.”
the closed rest areas had cost Alabama roughly $300,000 a year to operate, The
Birmingham News reported. However, fewer than 2 percent of cars on
the highways stopped at those areas.
rest areas provided truck parking, but Lorentson said the parking was not
used by many trucks.
one that may have been a truck route at all would be the Wagarville,” he
said. “That’s in west Alabama; very little traffic over there. I would
say there would be minimal impact on the trucking industry, if any.”
will not shift the funding to other areas that have heavier truck traffic,
however. Lorentson said the state was searching for cost savings, and no
additional rest areas are planned.
state has ceased operations at the three stops, it is possible that one
will remain open to an extent. The News reported that the rest area
in Elmore County had been turned over to the city of Wetumpka about two
H. Reddig, associate editor
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