BENSON — 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.