I-70 rest areas to be closed

The Missouri Department of Transportation is closing the Mineola rest areas on Interstate 70 to begin converting them to truck parking only. Both rest areas at mile marker 168 will be closed to all vehicles for up to three days beginning May 31.

During this closure, buildings will be shuttered and portable toilets installed. In the next phase in late June or early July, buildings and picnic shelters will be demolished, and vault toilets installed.

The final phase of the conversion this fall will be expanding the existing parking for additional trucks. The conversion should be completed by Dec. 1.