ODOT Proposes Closure of I-77 Rest Area
public comment period established
Marietta (January 29,
2018) – The Ohio Department of Transportation
is seeking public comment on the proposed closure of the rest area located on
I-77 northbound in Washington County.
According to a recent
assessment there are adequate facilities to accommodate the needs of the traveling
public on the I-77 corridor between the WVDOH Wood County rest area and the
ODOT Guernsey County rest area, thus warranting the permanent closure of the
Washington County rest area.
The distance between
the WVDOH Wood County rest area and the ODOT Washington County rest area is 4.5
miles, while the distance from the Washington County rest area to the Guernsey
County rest area is 36 miles.
There are several gas
stations and food service establishments along the corridor. These are located
at Exit 1 at Marietta, Exit 6 at Marietta/Lower Salem, Exit 15 at Macksburg,
Exit 25 at Caldwell, Exit 28 at Belle Valley and Exit 37 at Buffalo in Guernsey
County. A truck travel plaza is located at the Caldwell exit, and truck parking
is also available at the GoMart at Exit 1.
The Washington County
rest area is located at mile marker 3.60 on I-77. The annual
operating cost is $257,674. This includes janitorial, electric, maintenance and
water/sewer costs. It was opened in 1986 and is in need of repairs.
Since 1992, more than
60 rest areas have been closed in Ohio as a result of private sector
development providing similar services, environmental issues relating to
antiquated onsite water and sewer systems and facility obsolescence based on
current standards and requirements.
Public comments regarding the proposed closure will be accepted from
February 1-March 31, 2018. Email comments to D10.PIO@dot.ohio.gov or call (740) 568-3904.