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Missouri Rest Areas Closing, to be Converted for Trucks Only

May 08, 2013

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The eastbound and westbound I-44 rest areas near Halltown, Mo., at mile marker 50, between Springfield and Joplin will close May 29 and will be converted to a truck parking facility.

The Missouri DOT says during the closing a contractor will tear down the rest area buildings and remove the picnic shelters and picnic tables.

When the facility reopens at the end of August, it will be a truck parking facility with minimal restroom facilities. The truck parking facility will have waterless, self-contained "vault" toilets similar to the restrooms found in the former Doolittle Rest Area west of Rolla and in some Missouri state parks.

To keep the Halltown facility functioning as a full-blown rest area, the state DOT says it would be required under federal environmental regulations to make expensive upgrades to the water and sewer systems. With state DOT revenues continuing to decline, officials decided that money required to modernize the Halltown Rest Area and then maintain it should be spent on road and bridge maintenance. 

Comments

  1. 1. John [ June 25, 2013 @ 09:52AM ]

    I think if you check the MoDot website, I don't think it's for truckers ONLY. As a motorist who might be in need of a restroom facility during my travels, I take offense to the title of this statement.

  2. 2. John [ June 27, 2013 @ 05:52PM ]

    Note the last paragraph from the MoDot website:

    Lawrence County -- The eastbound and westbound I-44 Rest Areas near Halltown (Mile Marker 50) between Springfield and Joplin will be CLOSED Wednesday, May 29, until just before Labor Day weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

    During the closing, a contractor will tear down the rest area buildings and remove the picnic shelters and picnic tables.

    When the facility reopens at the end of August, it will be a truck parking facility with minimal restroom facilities.

    The truck parking facility will have waterless, self-contained "vault" toilets similar to the restrooms found in the former Doolittle Rest Area west of Rolla and in some Missouri state parks.

    To keep the Halltown facility functioning as a full-blown rest area, MoDOT would be required under federal environmental regulations to make expensive upgrades to the water and sewer systems.

    With MoDOT revenues continuing to decline, MoDOT officials decided that money required to modernize the Halltown Rest Area and then maintain it should be spent on road and bridge maintenance.

    MoDOT has been streamlining operations for the past several years so that as much funding as possible can be put toward maintaining roads and bridges.

    Nevertheless, MoDOT intends to maintain the lower-cost, reduced-service Halltown facility to provide truckers, especially those making long hauls, and other travelers a place to safely pull off the road and take a rest break.

  3. 3. jason [ July 28, 2013 @ 10:45AM ]

    well John. trucks run by federal mandated laws that require trucks to stop for required breaks and rest times. that's why you see trucks parked at rest area all the time. sometimes truck stops run out of space and rooms or it can be more convenient to just find an easy on easy off access to the interstate. hence making rest areas great places to take mandated breaks. there's nothing worse the trying to pull into one of these facilities designed for trucks only and they be filled up with a bunch of motorist who could have easily gotten off at the next exit and gotten into a gas station lot than trucks usually can't fit into. if you are offended get your CDL.

  4. 4. Gregory Krabbe [ September 24, 2014 @ 10:17PM ]

    This waterless "vault" toilet in is disgraceful, and seems like a slap in the face to Truck drivers, who are not unfamiliar with disrespect and poor treatment! However, I find it remarkably offensive that A GOVERNMENT AGENCY wants to gripe about "funding" when money flows like "beer at a frat party", Building beautiful government facilities with every amenity, it would seem odd to those of us in the private sector that the "store keeper" says to hell with the paying customers, but we're damn sure gonna be comfortable!

    Put a couple of "vaults" in the state employees restrooms,.... see how nice the accommodation is for the very people paying the Lions share of the tab for infrastructure, Your state is little different than Obama himself!

 

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