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Author Topic: Abandoned Rest Areas  (Read 82016 times)

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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #225 on: May 03, 2018, 03:46:44 PM »


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"Sorry folks.  Our rest areas are closed for an indefinite period while IDIOT continues to defer maintenance and repair on our highway system.  Sorry!!!"
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #226 on: May 04, 2018, 08:50:23 AM »


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The moose out front should have told you...

"Sorry folks.  Our rest areas are closed for an indefinite period while IDIOT continues to defer maintenance and repair on our highway system.  Sorry!!!"

"The statehouse says you're closed, I say you're open!"
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #227 on: June 01, 2018, 11:09:43 PM »

The Price Creek Rest Area, on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass, Washington.  All my life when I rode past it, it looked like an abandoned rest area.  The state must have later chosen to put up restrooms off the freeway on SR 906 near the ski areas instead.  The westbound rest area was open in winter for Sno-Park parking.  Then a few years ago, they put in primitive toilets in the eastbound rest area, and put up multiple small signs for the rest area by the wide shoulder leading up to the area, where semis often parked by the shores of Lake Keechelus.  Hmm.  I wonder what that was implying?  It turns out, the rest area is right where the state is building an ambitious, large wildlife overcrossing.  Looking in 2015's SR Web coverage of the area, the eastbound camera car drove right through the rest area at freeway speeds, as it was used as a detour.  The intact rest area is still on Google Maps and Street View, but the satellite image shows the area in transition.

Teanaway, at the junctions of routes 970 and 10, is another abandoned rest area.  I have ground level photos somewhere in my collection.  Google Satellite View

(Whoops, didn't see thefraze's similar post upthread.)
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #228 on: June 02, 2018, 12:04:17 AM »

Not sure if this was a rest stop or a weigh station, but here's something in Vancouver, WA.  I-5 NB off the Fourth Plain off-ramp. 

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.634885,-122.662412,3a,70.5y,20.33h,90.22t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1scDUg3LpF12pmbbp4wHBYRA!2e0

Wow, I remember seeing that Rest Area/Welcome center on old state highway maps, but I could never find where it was driving by.  Thank you.
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #229 on: June 02, 2018, 11:07:52 AM »

Here's a detail from the 1978 Washington State Highways map showing that this was a Travel Information Center, not necessarily a rest area.  The interchange diagrams from this map were the reason I am a road geek.

1978 Washington State Highway Map detail showing the Vancouver Travel Information Center by Arthur Allen, on Flickr
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #230 on: June 03, 2018, 11:53:56 PM »

If you are referring to Travelers' Rest, it has been there for ages.

Check out this link:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534591418250105176/
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #231 on: July 26, 2019, 11:13:16 PM »

I was looking for something else regarding rest areas, but I have to remind the rest of you of the two that were closed on NY 24/Suffolk CR 94 on the Brookhaven-Riverhead Town Line.

http://gis.ny.gov/gisdata/quads/drg24/dotpreview/index.cfm?code=gg57


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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #232 on: July 26, 2019, 11:34:42 PM »

In my hometown of Clark, NJ we had one that is now a maintenance facility and the Glenside Rest Area in Woodbridge, NJ which is grass now.  Both were listed as picnic areas by the Parkway cause they had no facilities but were closed due to partying and concern by area residents.   Cranford had one as well right north of NJ 28 on the SB Side called Tall Oaks but was closed due to crime in a nearby neighborhood as burglars would use the area at night to park their vans and such, climb the fence, hit some houses, carry the goods in a sack while climbing back over the fence, and then load their vehicles and drive away.  Like Glenside, Tall Oaks pavement is removed and no remnants of the former area are left.
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #233 on: July 27, 2019, 12:04:52 PM »

https://goo.gl/maps/RPuJnzGeVHrJqHXz7

Not really "abandonned", the "Aire de services Point-du-Jour" (Point-du-Jour services area) was closed about three years ago, in order to be replaced by a brand new Quebec's Services Areas.  The problem is we're still waiting the works to begin. The old buildings are still in place, the parking lots are open, and the restrooms are replaced by a lot of "Johnny-on-the-spot".
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #234 on: July 28, 2019, 10:44:07 AM »

I've been comparing maps, and boy has Ohio abandoned/demolished/closed a lot of non-Interstate rest areas in the past 10-15 years. Like a ton. I'm thinking that I'm going to start driving around and photographing them.
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #235 on: July 28, 2019, 03:23:40 PM »

I've been comparing maps, and boy has Ohio abandoned/demolished/closed a lot of non-Interstate rest areas in the past 10-15 years. Like a ton. I'm thinking that I'm going to start driving around and photographing them.
You should. I would if I were you. Unfortunately I haven't been to Ohio since 1983, and at least two of my Ohio-based relatives are dead, and their kids have moved to other parts of the country (and possibly the state), so I have very little call to visit the Buckeye State.





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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #236 on: July 28, 2019, 06:27:04 PM »

There was one on I-40 near I-440 west of Little Rock, but it appears that is going to now be the site of a new interchange
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #237 on: July 28, 2019, 09:01:10 PM »

I've noticed a distinct lack of Illinois in this thread, so here's a few that I guess get in on technicalities.

First, here's this on I-39.  it was just a semi parking area when this stretch of I-39 first opened. It was never a full rest area with facilities...

In retrospect, it looks like a closed weigh station, but I could have sworn there was a closed truck parking lot...

https://goo.gl/maps/rq6DDSVpRCU2

The overall design is more for a weight station - rest areas in Illinois don't usually have the 'loop' roadway.  Here's the weigh station on EB I-80 just after the IL 84 for comparison.
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #238 on: July 29, 2019, 07:55:58 AM »

There was one on I-40 near I-440 west of Little Rock, but it appears that is going to now be the site of a new interchange
That happens too. There used to be a pair of small parking areas with picnic tables and cooking grilles off of NY 27 until Suffolk CT 97 was built, but the parking areas were left on the maps for decades, even after they upgraded the widened intersection to the cloverleaf interchange with service roads that NYSDOT originally wanted.

And unless I'm mistaken, the interchange between I-10 and the First Coast Expressway replaced some rest areas in Duval County, FL.


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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #239 on: July 29, 2019, 07:30:16 PM »

I've been comparing maps, and boy has Ohio abandoned/demolished/closed a lot of non-Interstate rest areas in the past 10-15 years. Like a ton. I'm thinking that I'm going to start driving around and photographing them.

I just wrote down all the ones from just South Central Ohio and the counties surrounding Columbus and it totaled 36 closed rest areas going back to the '60s. Appalachian Ohio was totally packed with primitive rest areas -- many on seemingly-insignificant 3-digit state routes. As you can imagine, most were primitive. This is going to be a big job. I don't know if I can do the whole state. I'm not including the older "roadside parks" that were just a small parking lot and some picnic tables either.
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #240 on: July 30, 2019, 05:13:12 AM »

https://goo.gl/maps/dNPLwSfHCcvvzHdC9

What about this one, close to MM112 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87 SB)?
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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #241 on: August 08, 2019, 10:50:39 PM »

And here's a pair from I-95 in SC.  I passed through here about a year ago also, and I believe these buildings were also still standing.https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=34.279502,-79.685222&spn=0.003005,0.005107&t=h&z=18

I don't know the specific mile markers offhand, but I know there's a closed down rest area on I-20 around MM 45 and on I-95 somewhere between Florence and the NC state line.
I've mentioned this one before. It's around MM 171, and the buildings are gone now. It's that one I've always felt drawn to and I wanted to go there in 2010 to find out why, only to find out SCDOT closed it before my road trip that year.




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Re: Abandoned Rest Areas
« Reply #242 on: October 27, 2019, 10:38:08 PM »

Four of them on I-77 got knocked out when the Olin median rest area opened up: This one at Hamptonville, NC, this one at Harmony, NC, and this one at Mooresville, NC (there's a southbound one as well across the highway from this one).

AFAIK, all four got reverted into grass, though there is some traces of them around, particularly at the former NB Mooresville rest area, where storm drains are still present
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