ODOT proposes closure of rest area on I-77 in Washington County

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on the proposed closure of the rest area at mile marker 3.60 on I-77 Northbound in Washington County.

ODOT says a recent assessment shows there are adequate facilities to serve the needs of travelers on I-77 between the West Virginia Division of Highways rest area in Wood County and the ODOT rest area in Guernsey County, which warrants the permanent closure of the Washington County rest area.

The Washington County rest area costs ODOT $257,674 per year in operating costs, including janitorial, electric, maintenance and water/sewer costs.

ODOT officials say the rest area was built in 1986 and is currently in need of major repairs.

The distance between the Wood County rest area and the Washington County rest area is 4.5 miles, while the distance from the Washington County rest area to the Guernsey County rest area is 36 miles.

ODOT says there are several gas stations and restaurants at several exits on that part of I-77, allowing travelers plenty of opportunities to use the restroom and get food or drinks.

Since 1992, more than 60 rest areas have been closed in Ohio as a result of private sector development providing similar services, environmental issues relating to antiquated onsite water and sewer systems and facility obsolescence based on current standards and requirements.

Public comments regarding the proposed closure will be accepted from February 1-March 31, 2018.

You can email comments to D10.PIO@dot.ohio.gov, or call (740) 568-3904.

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