Plan to close rest areas gets chilly reception

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A state plan to close four highway rest areas isn’t winning any points with the people who drive the highways.

The state, facing a $60 million budget gap, wants to close rest areas on Interstate 89 in Highgate, Sharon and Randolph and one on Interstate 91 to save about $1 million annually. The move still has to be approved by Vermont lawmakers.

It was proposed by Gov. Jim Douglas’ administration Monday.

Donna Decoteau, of Worcester, Mass., who stopped at the Randolph rest stop on northbound I-89 yesterday, says that if the state doesn’t want people pulling off the highway and relieving themselves in the woods, it should provide facilities.

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