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Virginia closing 18 rest areas

Posted By eTrucker Staff On July 20, 2009 @ 2:50 pm In News & Stories | Comments Disabled

Truckers looking for places to rest in Virginia will have to look farther afield beginning tonight, July 20, as the commonwealth’s Department of Transportation will close 18 rest areas in a cost-cutting move.

In June, the Commonwealth Transportation Board finalized plans to scale back the number of rest areas VDOT maintains and operates from 42 to 23. Eighteen of those are slated to close in the early morning hours of July 21. The final rest area to close, the Interstate 66 West Manassas Welcome Center will remain open until Sept. 16.

VDOT crews will use orange barrels and cones to block the entrance ramps of rest areas overnight tonight. Those who are already in rest areas will be allowed to remain until they finish their rest. Once rest areas are clear of motorists, crews will block the exit ramps.
VDOT will also change interstate signs to indicate the rest areas are closed and will adjust signs that guide motorists to the next available facility. Electronic message signs will be used to give motorists advanced warning of the rest areas that are closed.

To mitigate the impacts of facility closings on trucks, VDOT will make changes to its rest area truck parking restrictions on July 21. The agency will remove a number of no parking signs at the remaining 23 rest areas and welcome centers to provide more than 225 legal truck parking spaces. VDOT will also remove signs that had restricted vehicles to two-hour parking limits.

New truck parking rules only limit parking for an entire overnight period. Trucks arriving in a rest area before sundown must leave the site prior to sunrise the following day. Trucks arriving during the night or early morning hours must leave the site prior to sunrise the following full day.

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