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Rest Areas Closed Due to Power Outages, Downed Trees
I-75 rest area south of Findlay , U.S. 30 parks near Cairo and Van Wert closed
LIMA (Monday, July 02, 2012)Three roadside park locations in the area have been closed and are barricaded off due to power outages and downed trees following Friday’s storms, said Chris Hardesty, business and human resources administrator with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1.
The parks located on Interstate 75 south of Findlay, and those on U.S. 30 near Cairo in Allen County and west of Van Wert in Van Wert County were closed today and are not accessible to traffic. It is unknown at present how long the closures will be in place. The closure affects both parks in each direction of travel at all three locations.
“The department is working to place temporary toilet facilities at each location for the July 4th holiday,” said Hardesty. The park locations would be reopened to traffic if temporary toilets can be secured; however, the buildings at each location will remain closed until power is restored, he said.
 
The southbound park on U.S. 23 on the north side of Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County remains closed due to construction.
 
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
 
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Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
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