Michigan temporarily closes several rest areas

Updated Apr 27, 2020

Restrooms at five additional Michigan welcome centers were closed from Saturday, April 25, and will remain closed through Sunday, May 10, as the result of the layoff of Michigan Department of Transportation employees who clean and sanitize those facilities.

The welcome center restrooms closed are at:

  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Monroe
  • Coldwater
  • New Buffalo
  • Detroit

During the facility closures, the ramps and parking lots will be closed as well, with the exception of the Detroit Welcome Center, which has a shared parking lot. The restrooms at these welcome centers are currently expected to reopen on Monday, May 11.

Two other welcome center restrooms had already been closed: Menominee and Iron Mountain.

Restrooms at the Marquette, Ironwood, St. Ignace, Mackinaw City, Dundee, Clare, and Port Huron welcome centers will remain open. Restroom maintenance in those facilities is provided by private contractors.

Most of the state’s other 63 rest areas remain open with the exception of five that are closed seasonally (St. Ignace, Topinabee, Hebron, Ludington, and Hart) and one that is closed due to drainage issues (Chelsea).