Public Meeting Scheduled To Address Ross County Rest Areas
Chillicothe (Thursday, June 30, 2011) – The Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the department’s proposal to close two rest areas in Ross County.
ODOT currently maintains two, primitive-style roadside rest areas on U.S. Route 50 near Bainbridge. As part of ODOT District 9’s facility maintenance program, these rest areas, which are not compliant with state and federal guidelines, are being addressed to determine their purpose, need and sustainability.
“While the rest areas once served a much-useful purpose for motorists, today’s travelers are using alternative means of services or seeking more modern facilities,” said Wilson. “Given their present condition, age and the costs to upgrade for ADA compliance, the department wishes to dispose of these facilities and proceed with the appropriate steps to close them.”
Deemed primitive rest areas, the facility located at Seip Mound State Memorial, approximately two miles east of Bainbridge, consists of an antiquated, wooden, non-flush privy, while the facility located near the route’s one-mile marker, just east of the Ross-Highland County line, has no water or restroom facilities. There is considerable deferred maintenance at both locations, and neither facility meets state and federal guidelines for continued operation.
ODOT officials will conduct a meeting to address the closure of the facilities on Thursday, July 7, at the Twin Township Fire Department building, which is located at 11521 U.S. Route 50 in Bourneville. The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., and the general public is invited to attend and provide comments about this initiative.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio