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Rest Areas to Close for Remodeling

LIMA (Thursday, April 29, 2010) – Highway rest area facilities on U.S. 30 in Allen County near Cairo and on Interstate 75 in Hancock County near Findlay will close for extensive remodeling beginning May 3.

Leonard E. Brown, district deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, said both the eastbound and westbound parks on U.S. 30 and the northbound and southbound parks on Interstate 75 will close for 150 days beginning May 3. Work is expected to be completed in October.

All access to the parks will be prohibited during the project.

Once work is completed in October at the Cairo and Findlay facilities, the parks in Van Wert County on U.S. 30 near Van Wert will then close for 150 days and will reopen in the spring

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

“Statewide there are 44 parks being upgraded to not only better serve our customers, but also to be more energy efficient using some of the latest energy technologies,” said Brown. “As set forth in our current business plan, ODOT wishes to lead by example in being environmentally responsible and this project is a good example of this initiative,” he said.

The remodeling is being done to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) 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