MDOT keeping most rest areas open year-round

December 3, 2018 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will keep nearly all of the state's 77 rest areas open this winter to maintain the convenience and safety they provide to motorists, but will again close five seasonal areas beginning today.

            "Many travelers look to our network of rest areas for a safe stopping point on their travels, which is why we keep as many open as possible year-round," said State Transportation Director Mark Van Port Fleet.

            Only five rest areas are closed each year for a 20-week period, which will be this winter from Dec. 3 to April 24, 2019. The seasonal closures are due to reduced use during winter months and safety concerns, such as steep entrance and exit drives and potentially slippery conditions on stairways between parking lots and buildings.

            The following five rest areas will close Dec. 3 and reopen in April:

            - St. Ignace Rest Area on southbound I-75 in Mackinac County

            - Ludington Rest Area on northbound US-31 in Mason County

            - Topinabee Rest Area on northbound I-75 in Cheboygan County

            - Hebron Rest Area on southbound I-75 in Cheboygan County

            - Hart Rest Area on southbound US-31 in Oceana County

            Closed rest areas are locked and winterized, with exit and entrance ramps barricaded. Designated rest areas will have "Closed Until Spring" signs posted and will have the mileage to the next open rest area listed.

            Closed rest areas will be listed on MDOT's website at www.michigan.gov/restareas.

CONTACT: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-0993, lakej1@michigan.gov

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