Last week, two Mississippi rest areas were shut down, after Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King called the rest areas a “nuisance,” saying that the board had received several complaint letters from area residents.
“One rest stop was for the northbound lanes between Exits 6 and 10, and the other is between Exits 15 and 10 on the southbound side. Exit 6 is the I-59 north exit at Picayune and Exit 15 is at McNeill. The rest stop on the northbound side is at mile marker 8, and the rest stop on the southbound side at mile marker 14. MDOT crews barricaded both ends of the rest stops,” the Picayune Item reported.
The rest areas contained no restrooms or security, according to the Picayune Item.
Beat Five Supervisor Sandy Kane Smith told the board that there were a number of adequate alternatives in the area, stating that there were truck stops within a close proximity to the doomed rest areas.
“These rest stops are a nuisance, and really are not needed,” added Smith.
Drivers, with the parking shortage, do you think all rest areas are needed or should rest areas without adequate facilities be shut down?