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State to Permanently Close Danbury Rest Area

The facilities offered along I-84 in Danbury will be shuttered as a cost savings measure.

Motorists looking for rest along Interstate 84 will soon no longer be able to find it in Danbury.

The Department of Transportation announced last week in a press release that it will close a number of rest areas around the state over the next two years, including one in Danbury. The closures were built in to the new year's budget and are expected to save about $1.3 million a year in staff and maintenance costs, according to the DOT.

"It is anticipated that private roadway services located off the interstates will be sufficient to handle the traveler needs," the DOT press release said.

The closure in Willington take effect July 1 of this year. The rest, including those in Danbury, Southington, North Stonington, Middletown and Wallingford, go into effect on July 1, 2012, the press release stated.

The Hartford Courant is reporting that the moves are part of the Malloy administration's effort to shut down all seven of Connecticut non-commercial rest areas by 2013. The same article mentions that closing the rest areas will also save $14 million in improvements scheduled for the facilities.

The rest areas were all built in the 1960s as part of the Interstate Highway System. 

Hoa Nguyen June 09, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Apologies for not alerting you to this before but Danbury Patch also has this story at http://danbury.patch.com/articles/rest-stop-to-remain-open
Brian June 09, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Craig, I think you want to start here; http://www.ctmirror.org/page/document-library/state-budget
MatthewK June 09, 2011 at 08:30 PM
$1.3 million dollar cost for operating 7 rest stops equals $185,714 per rest stop! I guess my first question is what is at these stops that require us to spend $185,714 per year! Rest stops (especially in CT) are simply an item that are no longer needed with todays infrastructure. As stated above by a few people, with the numerous selection of restrurants, gas stations at every exit, a state of CT does not need state rest stops. There is much technology out that that makes the rest stops obsolete. Any GPS will show you numerous 'points of interest' off of any location; also there are numerous apps that can be downloaded on your smart phone (iExit, EasyExit, etc). Some more modern GPS will even give you hours of operation of many places. In the case that you do not have a GPS or smart phone, at almost every exit, you have large signs approaching the exit of what gas stations, lodging, food, attractions are at the exit, some will even tell you if the place is open 24 hours.
Lisa Canas Marasco June 09, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Matthew, Rest Stops arn't just for Cars they are for Truck-drivers and they can't pull into any place to take a brake. I am sure you didn't know that when a Truck-driver need to stop they are most likely stopping for 10 hours. And they can't just pull off and sleep on the side of the road. we only have 2 T/A Truck stops in this state and one Pilot stops. It's not just about cars and SUV's with high tech gadgets. It's about all drivers and mostly the ones that bring you your everyday gadgets and food !
Steven DeVaux June 11, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Yes, we don't need no stinkin' tourists! Let the other states have them. We just want the Squantz Pond beach goers. Now if they closed that down they're definitely saving lives based on the body count there the last few years. "The rest area on I-84 eastbound in Danbury is just across the border with New York, and includes a tourism information center that has been closed since 2009 due to previous budget cuts." Read more: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Danbury-rest-area-will-remain-open-state-rep-says-1415679.php#ixzz1Ozwf5E8h

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