Rest stop relief coming for desperate drivers in Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell visited the Commonwealth Transportation Board this afternoon this afternoon to ask that the board vote to reopen the 19 highway rest stops ordered closed by former Gov. Tim Kaine to save $9 million. And, unsurprisingly, the board voted to do just that. Unanimously.
The decision to close the stops was widely unpopular and McDonnell had pledged to reopen them during his campaign for governor. Kaine had asked that they be closed to help address a $4.6 billion shortfall in the state's six-year road improvement program. McDonnell said he would pay for them to be opened by soliciting corporate sponsorship of the stops and employing cheap prison inmate labor to maintain them. The stops will be open within three months, McDonnell has said.
More to come.
January 20, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
Categories: Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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