Minnesota rest areas plan to reopen on July 23

| 7/21/2011

There are signs of life again in Minnesota as many government offices reopened for business on Thursday, July 21, following the 20-day shutdown that crippled the state.

This means that most of the rest areas should be back open for business by Saturday, July 23, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Truck drivers have been scrambling to find parking in the state after all but three privately run rest areas were closed on or before July 1.

Crews will need to inspect the facilities, clean up any storm damage, and open buildings,” the MnDOT release stated on Thursday.

OOIDA Member Eric Westin of Pine City, MN, told Lane Line that adequate parking has been a huge problem for truckers traveling through the state since the shutdown.

“There aren’t a lot of truck stops in Minnesota to begin with. There are a few big one in parts of the state, but there are very few alternatives for drivers other than the rest areas for parking,” Westin said.