Iowans can now give their input on how useful rest stops are to travelers. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is working through a 20-year plan for rest areas, which includes shutting down nearly one-third of rest stops along Iowa interstate highways.
The state currently has 38 rest areas that are considered full service and 16 that are parking only rest areas. The DOT will look at numerous factors that include usage by both every day travelers, as well as commercial drivers. The DOT will also look at the age of the facilities, services provided, and distance between stops.
Rest areas currently cost around $3.7 million a year to operate.
Iowans can go to www.iowadot.gov/restareaplan to give their input and receive more information.