Rest areas closing

Jill Dunn | May 17, 2011

Nationwide, rest areas are closing because of flooding or budget shortfalls. On the other hand, one is being converted to truck parking.

On May 16, Illinois announced rest area closings, but did not provide complete information. On Interstate 24, the state shut the Fort Massac Rest Area at milepost 1 for six weeks for roof repairs and Illinois 164 Oquawka Rest Area will close Nov. 8 for various improvements.

Also, the I-57 Rend Lake Rest Area, southbound side, is closed and the I-74 KrisdalaBaka Rest Area near Woodhull will be closed May 31 until July 1.

North Dakota has closed its Medina rest area on westbound I-94 because water is over the entrance ramp.

A tight budget is forcing South Carolina to close I-85 Northbound Rest Area at mile marker 88 on June 3. The annual savings will be about $220,000.

In Missouri, the I-70 Mineola rest areas are being converted to truck parking only soon after Memorial Day. Both west and eastbound locations will be closed periodically during the conversion.

The existing buildings will be removed, vaulted restroom facilities will be installed and 17 truck parking spaces will result from the transformation. The Wright City Rest Area, 30 miles east of Mineola, has full facilities.