The older I get, the more I appreciate rest areas that aren’t too many miles/hours apart. If it was worth building it’s worth maintaining and keeping, if traffic on I-55 had decreased over the years it’d be different. It’s nice to stop at a public space, road and weather information can help make motorists more aware of potential issues, and information can even help tourism. However, as a representation of the current mess in Illinois, this seems perfect.
They keep saying how it is dangerous for truck drivers getting fatigued. The rest areas promote safety by allowing drivers to pull over and rest. Rauner does not seem to care about the safety of the motorists (or anyone else for that matter) in Illinois.
When driving from Illinois into Iowa, one immediately notices a difference in the quality of rest stops, in the number of police, and in infrastructure generally. Of course Iowa has a graduated income tax.
Really sad to see this vandalism, due to disuse. We drove by and used these rest areas regularly (until the last few months of course). They seemed well used by families and truckers alike. Interesting that the advance warning signs never said that the rest areas are closed, just that the “ramps” are closed ahead. Just a reminder that its easy to tear down what takes years to build. Better update the Garmin files.
This how the Thompson Center, the Stratton Bldg, and other offices should have looked like starting in July 2015….
Had there been a total shutdown there may have been a budget last year. But my predictions are no better than guesses we have all made.
IDOT can’t pay it’s bills. Closes rest areas, stiffs vendors and scaled back services. Now are on the verge of paying millions in bonuses to employees for doing a full days work. Seems to me they are paid well but now will receive extra pay for following orders or housekeeping. Beyond belief that a department will do this.
- dr. reason a. goodwin - Monday, Jun 20, 16 @ 7:28 pm: