Iowa To Close Some Rest Areas Along Interstates

An older-style rest stop along Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids, which has since been replaced with a more modern facility. (Liz Martin/KCRG-TV9)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials have decided to save some money by shutting down some rest areas along Iowa's interstates.

Iowa Transportation Department director Paul Trombino told The Des Moines Register that the agency won't replace two rest areas in Dallas County that will be demolished for an interchange project in 2015. It's unclear yet what will happen to the 38 other full-service rest areas.

Trombino says there will be fewer of them in the future, "there is no question about that."

The 40 rest areas cost the state about $6.1 million annually to operate.

Delia Meier is senior vice president of the Iowa 80 Truckstop near Walcott, and she says she'd be thrilled to have any additional customers who might stop there if some rest areas were to be closed.

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