Rest area work delayed in Florida

| Friday, September 10, 2004

Florida has delayed improvements it planned to make to rest areas on Interstate 4 near Lake Mary in the aftermath of Hurricane Frances, the Florida Department of Transportation announced recently.

The improvements to the eastbound and westbound rest stops, which are located in Seminole County, were scheduled to receive new plumbing, restroom equipment, bathroom countertops and landscaping. In addition, FDOT workers planned to pressure clean the entire facility.

Under the revised schedule, the eastbound rest area will be closed from Sept. 20 to 30, and the westbound rest area will be closed from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6. In a statement, FDOT officials said the closing dates depended in part on the weather – another hurricane, Ivan, is possibly headed toward the state now. In addition, crews will attempt to open the rest areas ahead of schedule if possible.

Only one other set of rest areas will be open on I-4 during the closings – the set located in Polk County, 49 miles west of the Lake Mary facilities.

FDOT and other state agencies are coping with massive damage from two hurricanes that had hit the state in rapid succession – first Charley, then Frances– and were preparing for a third storm.