Iowa officials considering closing 11 interstate rest areas

An Iowa Transportation Department plan would gradually close 11 interstate rest areas and all 16 parking-only sites over several years.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 8:27 AM
Updated: Jun 26, 2018 8:35 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Transportation Department plan would gradually close 11 interstate rest areas and all 16 parking-only sites over several years.

Officials say the plan could save the state about $30 million over two decades while reflecting travel trends.

The department is looking at providing additional truck parking at remaining rest areas, at truck weigh stations or other sites.

Work on the plan has been ongoing since 2012. Each rest area has been ranked and evaluated on a variety of criteria, including usage and age. The draft plan would eventually go before the Iowa Transportation Commission.

The public can comment on the plan on a state website until September 2019.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
24° wxIcon
Hi: 25° Lo: 10°
Feels Like: 17°
Albert Lea
Overcast
21° wxIcon
Hi: 22° Lo: 8°
Feels Like: 15°
Austin
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 25° Lo: 12°
Feels Like: 19°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
25° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 12°
Feels Like: 19°
Rochester
Overcast
22° wxIcon
Hi: 22° Lo: 10°
Feels Like: 12°
More snow Friday with a chance for freezing rain
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Ribbon cutting at Mason City multipurpose arena

Image

Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Friday

${item.thumbnail.title}

StormTeam 3: Friday's Snow

Image

Hergert off to the big leagues

Image

How to avoid a pileup

Image

The cost of living

Image

Liquor sales are up..again!

Image

House fire in Austin

Image

Kmart parking lot moves forward

Image

Sean Weather 12/12

Community Events