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Reminder: Rest Areas to Close for Modernization Beginning Monday

Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers Asked to Plan Accordingly 

Garfield Heights (Friday, November 12, 2010)Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 15, crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation will begin upgrading and renovating two Northeast Ohio rest areas. 

Both the Interstate 90 east and westbound rest areas between King Memorial Road and Morely Road in the city of Mentor will be closed temporarily in Northeast Ohio’s Lake County as upgrades take place.   

Motorists traveling through Northeast Ohio from the west will find the nearest rest area along State Route 2 eastbound in Lorain County and those traveling through Northeast Ohio from the east will find the nearest rest areas along Interstate 90 westbound in Ashtabula County and State Route 2 westbound in Lorain County.  

“Each day, we are working to make ODOT a more environmentally-conscious agency,” said District 12 Deputy Director Bonita G. Teeuwen.  “By reducing energy usage in the department’s existing rest areas, we are becoming a green leader in the nation.” 

The renovation and energy efficient upgrades will consist of new plumbing, electrical wiring, energy efficient windows and doors, new concrete floors, new tile, new bathroom fixtures, a new HVAC system and new roof covering. The renovation will also include updating all buildings to current ADA standards.  

Weather permitting, the rest areas will be closed for approximately six months and are expected to reopen during the spring of 2011. 

About 48,000 vehicles pass-by these rest areas on an average day.

Click here to view all statewide rest areas under construction.

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For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us