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Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 5:58am

Budget Woes Push DOT To Close Two I-85 Rest Stops

State transportation officials will close a pair of rest stops along Interstate-85 in order to save money.

One is the stop between Georgia highway 20 and the I-985 exits-serving westbound traffic in Gwinnett County. The other rest stop to close along I-85 is in Franklin County, serving traffic going northeast on the way to Lake Hartwell. State Department of Transportation officials say that closing will not affect the welcome center rest area for westbound traffic near Lavonia in Franklin County.

The DOT says the closures will save $107,000 a year in operating costs for each location. Concrete barriers will be installed to prevent motorists from stopping or parking at the rest areas.