Public Meeting On Tap For Jackson Rest Areas
Chillicothe (Wednesday, April 20, 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 Jackson County.
ODOT currently maintains roadside rest areas on state Route 139, near County Road 52 (Lenhart Road), and on state Route 140, near County Road 17 (Monroe Hollow Road) and just north of the Jackson-Lawrence County line. As part of ODOT District 9’s facility maintenance program, these rest areas are being addressed to determine their purpose, need and sustainability.
According to ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson, the primitive-style restroom facilities, which are already closed, are antiquated and not compliant with state and federal guidelines.
“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, remote location, 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 existing facilities consist of small wooden, non-flush privies, and they are in very limited and restricted use. Along with deferred maintenance at both rest area locations, both facilities pose health and safety risks, and the park on S.R. 139 is prone to flooding.
ODOT officials will conduct a meeting to address the closure of the facilities on Thursday, April 28, at the Oak Hill Village Administration Building, located at 415 North Front Street in Oak Hill beginning at 5:30 p.m. 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