With Indiana facing an estimated budget shortfall of nearly $763 million in 2009, truckers needing to take a break may be left out in the cold – literally – as the state announces the permanent closure of six rest areas in January.
The Indiana Department of Transportation said it plans to save more than $1 million by closing the aging rest areas, but this limits the options for truckers traveling through the state.
A total of 40 truck parking spaces will be eliminated in the district of Crawfordsville alone because of the closure of the two rest areas on the east and westbound lanes of Interstate 74 at Waynetown, INDOT Public Information Officer Debbie Calder told Land Line Magazine.
Calder said she wasn’t sure of the total number of truck parking spaces that would be lost because of the other four rest area closings in the state.
Other rest areas closing include:
- The eastbound rest area at mile marker 144 on Interstate 70 at Centerville;
- The southbound Flat Creek rest area at mile marker 92 on Interstate 69 between Markle and Fort Wayne; and
- Both east and westbound Arcola rest areas at mile marker 123 on U.S. 30.
According to the INDOT release, the need for rest areas has diminished because “private companies have opened truck stops, gas stations and restaurants along the way that cater to today’s motorists.”
– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer