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Author Topic: Indiana To Close I-64 Rest Areas  (Read 740 times)

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Re: Indiana To Close I-64 Rest Areas
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2019, 05:11:04 AM »

Frustrating to see many states doing this. Rest stations are great for people to pull over and relax. I don’t like gas stations or truck stops for this. I wonder if there are any studies linking more rest areas to less accidents due to drowsy or sleeping drivers?
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Re: Indiana To Close I-64 Rest Areas
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2019, 07:31:45 AM »

Frustrating to see many states doing this. Rest stations are great for people to pull over and relax. I don’t like gas stations or truck stops for this. I wonder if there are any studies linking more rest areas to less accidents due to drowsy or sleeping drivers?

Benefits of Public Roadside Safety Rest Areas in Texas
https://static.tti.tamu.edu/tti.tamu.edu/documents/0-6267-2.pdf
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Highway Users

For the highway user, safety rest areas typically serve to enhance safety, improve comfort and convenience, reduce excess driving, and accommodate the scheduling and staging of commercial motor vehicles.

Safety Benefits

The determination of safety-related benefits attributable to safety rest areas is challenged by two fundamental factors:
• Safety rest areas must be used by motorists to effectively reduce the frequency or severity of crashes—the mere existence of a safety rest area does not directly affect safety (except for the potentially adverse effects of additional merging and lane changing near the facility’s entrances and exits, which have been anecdotally reported to be minimal).
• Any observed safety effects resulting from the use of a safety rest area are not direct—safety rest area use may affect driver performance or actions, which, in turn, are potentially contributing causes to crashes (King 1989).

Note that these challenges do not suggest a lack of relationship between safety rest areas and safety outcomes but simply point to the difficulties in quantifying the relationship.  Supporting data must effectively characterize not only changes in safety outcomes related to the presence and subsequent use of a safety rest area facility, but also any concomitant changes in related factors known to contribute to crashes.

Probable contributing factors are numerous.  Rest areas serve to enhance safety by: reducing driver fatigue and other adverse physiological effects; reducing voluntary shoulder stops; providing a safe refuge under hazardous weather, roadway, and visibility conditions; reducing involuntary stops and vehicle-miles of travel by defective vehicles; reducing in-vehicle driver distraction resulting from a restless pet or child; and communicating safety-related information to drivers.
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Re: Indiana To Close I-64 Rest Areas
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2019, 08:08:24 PM »

I always figured that I-64 in southern Indiana would qualify as one of those freeways that would never need to be widened to six lanes (that forum post.) I can concur that there's not much in the way of services or parking along nearly that whole stretch of highway. Around the rest areas the two exits on either side DO have a few things but beyond that there's a gas station at SR 37 and a truck stop at Leavenworth and that's it all the way to Corydon.

Doing a quick calcuation it is a 145 mile gap for eastbound traffic from the Welcome Center at the Wabash River to the Kentucky Welcome Center east of Louisville, that's an awful long gap between rest areas for anywhere in the United States. Westbound traffic have a slightly smaller gap from west of New Albany out to the Wabash River.

If money's such an issue, why doesn't INDOT just build one rest area off one of the empty interchanges along I-64? For instance, Exit 72 at SR 145, not much of anything there. One rest area with a decent parking lot that can be accessed by both sides of the highway.
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Re: Indiana To Close I-64 Rest Areas
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2019, 11:50:39 AM »

Traffic counts taken from INDOT website:

Welcome Center EB near Illinois state line: 488/day

Dale EB: 635/day

Dale WB: 656/day

Welcome Center WB near New Albany: 712/day

One can find both Dale rest stops full of trucks on any given weeknight. The ramps are also commonly stacked with trucks. This is a foolish decision IMO.

INDOT recently installed new roofing on both buildings and a Dale town council member stated new electrical wiring was ran under I-64 to both rest stops in 2016. The buildings look very clean and well kept. INDOT simply doesn't want to pay for them, period. Lack of use is not a valid excuse.
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Re: Indiana To Close I-64 Rest Areas
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2019, 02:39:12 PM »

Foolish move by INDOT.  I live in the Evansville area, and on trips out east and even in the area, I will stop in the rest area most of the time.  I bemoan the fact that INDOT in a cost cutting decision did not put in a rest area on the new I-69 in Daviess County.  They were going to have one rest area that would be connected to both north and south bound traffic.  I think this is one of those penny wise but pound foolish decision.
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Re: Indiana To Close I-64 Rest Areas
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2019, 01:50:11 AM »

They're holding off for now. I still think it's strange to close such conveniently-located (and often busy, regardless of what their numbers may indicate) stops. But evidently these will close at some point. How soon? Who knows?

https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/dale-area-rest-stops-to-remain-open-for-now
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