The Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT) has modified its original plans to close 25 of the state's 41 Interstate highway rest areas. The new plan will shutter just 19 of the rest areas and add 225 truck parking spaces the remaining locations, the state said.
The state will also eliminate its "two-hour parking" time limit with a "no overnight parking" policy and has asked for Congressional authority to commercialize rest areas.
"Creating new parking and removing two-hour parking restrictions at the remaining safety rest areas is critical for preventing driver fatigue and helping drivers meet federal Hours of Service regulations," said ATA senior vp and general counsel Richard Holcomb.