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McDonnell re-opens eight rest stops across Virginia today

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), wearing a green tie for St. Patrick's Day, re-opened a highway rest stop off Rt.85 S in Dinwiddie County this morning -- one of eight rest stops to re-open today, among them two on I-66 in Manassas and two in Dale City.

Four others re-opened last month. The remaining seven facilities are slated to be back in service by April 15.

McDonnell announced in January that the state would re-open 19 rest stops that were shuttered last summer because of budget cuts. Private contributions through an "adopt a rest stop" program and $3 million from the state's maintenance reserve fund will pay the expense. The state will also use the labor of nonviolent prison inmates at the facilities.

(Photo courtesy of Michaele White, Governor's Office)


By Anita Kumar  |  March 17, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
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Government control of where you go to the bathroom!!! How dare they tell me where I can pee or poo!!?? Why don't they just privatize the potty, 25 cents/flush?? This send the wrong message and is just another example of those lily-bladdered latte-sipping liberals wanting government to wipe up for them!! Why should my taxes pay for people who are just too weak to hold it!

I'm going to start a fertilized grass root political movement, the Pee-Party! Americans have a constitutional right to go anywhere they want, not just in government-sanctioned receptacles. No Can Doo! ;-)

Posted by: thebobbob | March 17, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

How is this good conservatism? First, it takes money out of the pockets of the businesses adjacent to 66 that would receive people looking for a restroom. Second, "$3 million from the state's maintenance reserve fund will pay the expense"??? Just today the Times-Dispatch reports that snow removal will cause huge dilemmas for our regular paving needs. "Snow removal will eat up about 15 percent of Virginia's highway maintenance money this fiscal year, at a time when a state study shows that 20 percent of the state's interstate highways, 24 percent of its primary roadways and 31 percent of its secondary roads have deficient pavement." What are you doing Mr. Governor?

One last thing: you know how when you drive past a prison, there are signs saying something to the effect of 'no stopping for passengers' or the like? Can you imagine the signage at these rest stops?

I really hope the Governor stops focusing on random stuff like this and gets down to the important things troubling Virginia.

Posted by: graograo | March 18, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

This is good conservatism because even the libertarians among us believe that the state has the responsibility to maintain our roads and keep them safe - private enterprises rely on this infrastructure to transact business every day.

Rest stops allow drivers and truckers to you know...REST...and not drive while tired or uncomfortable.

I assure you, McDonalds is not worried about losing a whole bunch of "customers" who sneak in the back door to pee, and then leave without buying anything.

Posted by: sw11231 | March 19, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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