Iowa Transportation Commission to discuss rest area policy on March 13

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 3/12/2012

The state’s interstate rest area policy is an item scheduled to be discussed at the Iowa Transportation Commission’s business meeting on Tuesday, March 13, in Ames.

Iowa Department of Transportation spokeswoman Dena Fisher-Gray told Land Line that “spacing between rest areas” is one of the issues the commission plans to discuss at its monthly meeting.

Recently, the Federal Highway Administration approved a plan for an interstate interchange project that would raze the east and westbound rest areas located at mile marker 119 on Interstate 80 near Waukee, IA. Nearly 900,000 people visit these two sites per year.

The nearest rest areas in either direction would be about 67 miles if the sites near Waukee aren’t rebuilt. Truck drivers traveling through there count on these rest areas to take their 10-hour breaks.

Fisher-Gray said at this time she doesn’t know whether the sites along I-80 will be rebuilt. She urges anyone with questions or comment to email, write or call the agency or the commission members.

The Iowa DOT also has upcoming public meetings to discuss the state’s long-range transportation plan. The agency will be accepting public comments through March 30.

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