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I-75 Rest Area Now Open
Remodeling of Hancock County Facilities on Interstate 75 Complete

LIMA (Thursday, October 21, 2010) – The northbound and southbound rest areas on Interstate 75 in Hancock County near Findlay were reopened for use today after having been closed since May 3 for extensive remodeling.

The upgrade of the parks was part of a statewide effort which included the remodeling of 44 parks across the state. Parks on U.S. 30 in Allen County received the extensive remodeling and were reopened October 8. The roadside parks in Van Wert County on U.S. 30 near Van Wert were closed October 8 for 150 days, also for remodeling.

The work at each location includes new walls, plumbing, electrical, fixtures, roofing and flooring. Toilet areas were expanded and energy efficiencies added such as on-demand water heaters, low-flow toilets and more efficient heating and cooling systems.

“This is a highly visible stop along Interstate 75, and we’re glad it’s now not only aesthetically better, it is also considerably more energy efficient to operate,” said Leonard Brown, ODOT District 1 deputy director.

Under the “Go with Green” initiative in the ODOT business plan, the department vowed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for at least 50 percent of its newly constructed or remodeled buildings. The remodeling of the parks is being done to LEED specifications.

LEED is a nationally recognized certification program that has produced a standard in green development and building designs. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council based in Washington, D.C., LEED promotes the use of environmentally-friendly products and materials.

For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email