MoDOT announces opening of truck parking facilities near Halltown

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 8/15/2013

The Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding truck drivers that two new truck-only sites have recently opened on Interstate 44 near Halltown, Mo.

The sites, formerly rest areas, were closed in May after MoDOT announced it couldn’t afford the price tag (estimated in the millions) to keep them open because of stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

According to MoDOT, the conversion to truck-only parking facilities cost the agency around $307,000.

Located at Mile Marker 52, the eastbound site has 22 spaces – up from 17 spaces previously – and the westbound site has 20 spaces. Vault (waterless) toilet facilities have been installed at the new sites, located between Joplin and Springfield, Mo.

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