Rest Areas

7:02 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Johnston County I-40 Rest Areas Reopen With A Rustic New Look

The barn-like structures that highlight the re-opened rest areas along I-40 near Benson.
Credit NCDOT

Drivers along I-40 this holiday season can take a breather at a rest area in Johnston County.   The westbound and eastbound stops near Benson have re-opened after a nine-month remodeling project.

The NCDOT put $1.5 million into renovations and upgrades for the facilities which now meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. 

Transportation department spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo says the look of the rest areas was designed and decorated to pay homage to the state's signature industry.

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10:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

NCDOT Removes EV Charging Stations From Rest Stops

One of NC DOT's electric vehicle charging stations.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina DOT says it had to remove four electric vehicle charging stations from rest areas due to conflicting state and federal laws. 

Transportation officials collected the stations before a state law took effect in March.  The law directed the DOT to find a way to charge drivers for using the stations.  But a federal law says states can only collect money from rest areas if it comes from vending machines. 

The stations were in place for 14 months and the DOT says 146 vehicles used them during that time. 

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