Two Georgia rest areas are closed

| 8/27/2009

Two Interstate 85 rest areas east of Atlanta were closed permanently by the Georgia Department of Transportation on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

The northbound rest area in Franklin County – about 15 miles from the South Carolina state line – and the southbound rest area in Gwinnett County – about 5 miles east of Atlanta – have already been barricaded to prevent entry.

The Gainesville Times quoted DOT District Engineer Russell McMurry as saying the condition of the rest areas “has deteriorated and the cost to maintain them is high.”

McMurry also said the shutdowns were prompted by a high rate of criminal activity and by private development in the area offering the same services provided by the rest areas.