I-40 rest areas reopen in Johnston County

From staff reportsDecember 20, 2013 

— Two rest areas along Interstate 40 in Johnston County have reopened after a 9-month renovation project.

The rest areas, on the eastbound and westbound sides of the highway just west of the I-95 interchange, were closed in March so the state Department of Transportation could expand and modernize them. The new buildings, which resemble barns, feature LED lights and a new solar hot water system, as well as more and larger bathroom stalls and family restrooms.

The 23-year-old rest areas also now comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

About 719,000 people used the rest areas in 2012.

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