Drivers along Interstate-81 in Augusta County are reacting a plan unveiled by VDOT this week that will expand services at rest stops along Virginia's interstates.
VDOT awarded a contract to CRH Catering Co., Inc. that will add expanded vending options and services like ATMs at Virginia's 42 rest areas.
Drivers like Deborah and John Wrenn of Granite Falls, North Carolina think the expanded options could be a good thing, but they worry about one drawback being increased traffic at the rest areas.
"The rest areas are built for convenience, to be able to stop, just rest for a few moments, and then proceed on your trip. When you commercialize things people tend to hang around," commented John Wrenn.
The Wrenns think the plan to add interactive information kiosks to provide information on destinations in the state will especially help out-of-town travelers like themselves.
John says, "It would give us, not being from Virginia number one, a whole lot more opportunity to be able to see things that would be available for the area that you are traveling in. You might even want to take some side-trips!"
The new contract requires CRH to pay VDOT an annual guaranteed rights fee of approximately $2 million.
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