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Rest Area Now Open
Hancock County Facilities to Open Next Week, Van Wert Park to Close


LIMA (Friday, October 8, 2010) – A highway rest area facility on U.S. 30 in Allen County near Cairo reopened for use today.

Both the eastbound and westbound parks on U.S. 30 in Allen County and the northbound and southbound parks on Interstate 75 in Hancock County near Findlay have been closed since May 3 for extensive remodeling.

The I-75 facilities are expected to reopen next week.

The upgrade of the parks was part of a statewide effort which included the remodeling of 44 parks across the state.

The remodeling 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 the ODOT business plan in action,” said Leonard E. Brown, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. “We stated in our plan that we would be a leader in environmentally-responsible government. The energy efficiencies that have been incorporated into these parks will allow us to operate them more efficiently while also providing the public with an improved place to stop and rest,” he said.

Under the “Go with Green” initiative in the 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.

The parks in Van Wert County on U.S. 30 near Van Wert are also slated to receive the upgrade. Those parks are expected to close today for 150 days.

(Note to Media: ODOT officials will be available at 3 p.m. on Friday at the U.S. 30 facility in Allen County near Cairo to discuss the upgrades to the park.)
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For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us