Virginia Rest Stops Get Bad Rating

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

"It's embarrassing, and something needs to be done," said Meriwether German, Interim Executive Director, SVTA.

Forty-one rest stops and welcome centers line the interstates of Virginia. Shenandoah Valley Travel Association has heard complaints from travelers and believes they need to get some TLC, Tender Loving Cleaning.

"With the associations, with history and scenery and really the fabric of the Commonwealth, it's important that these facilities, which present the front door, the first impression of the Commonwealth of Virginia, create the proper impression, and they're not," said German.

The majority of the rest stops along Interstate 81 South in Rockingham were built before 1982, but people are saying it's time they be cleaned up and renovated.

In a letter to the Shenandoah Travel Association, the transportation department said resources available for the construction of new transportation infrastructures are extremely limited, and the department will continue to focus on the most cost-effect projects to improve operation.

German believes the project is worth the time and money.

"Compare it to the multi-million dollar industry it is in the Valley and the $15 billion industry it is in Virginia; you've got a pretty decent investment," said German.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation and VDOT made up a plan for rest stop renovations in 2001. German says it seems as though it's been put on the shelf.


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