Indiana rest areas get temporary reprieve

Updated Feb 4, 2019

Two rest area on Interstate 64 in southern Indiana will remain open longer than planned.

The Indiana Department of Transportation last month said it would soon close the Nancy Hanks rest areas on east and westbound I-64 because of low usage and it would take as much as $2 million to make necessary repairs. They were to close by the end of this month.

Now, IDOT says it will keep the rest stops open until two rest area near the state’s east and west borders can be expanded. The Dubois County Herald reports the state will spend between $20 million and $30 million to expand each of those locations. Truck parking will be increased at each rest area.

No timeline for the projects has been announced.

Still, the state plans to close about 30 rest areas in the interior of the state and have just larger ones along its borders.