MEIGS COUNTY — Fourteen months after the project was originally announced, the renovated rest areas along U.S. 33 in Meigs County will finally open to the public.
After many years of discussion, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officially announced in February 2012 that the rest areas on U.S. 33 in Meigs County would be modernized.
After breaking ground in August 2012, ODOT District 10 will open the newly modernized U.S. 33 rest areas in Meigs County on Monday, April 22.
“The modernization of these rest areas displays ODOT’s commitment to supporting our local partners,” said ODOT District 10 Deputy Director T. Steve Williams. “We are thankful for the leadership of the Meigs County Commissioners, and particularly former commissioner Tom Anderson for making this a reality.”
The project was completed by D.V. Weber Construction, who was awarded the $444,799 contract in June of 2012. The project included the demolition of the old building and the construction of new ones at the same location as the previous ones.
Construction was originally scheduled to be completed and the facilities reopened in November 2012, but the project was delayed by permit issues and additional work to make the structure more energy-efficient.
The primitive rest areas were built in the 1960s and had not been upgraded since 1987. With this modernization, the rest areas have been upgraded to include new water and septic infrastructure, as well as updated electric to make the facility more energy-efficient.
“It’s been a long time coming, and we are very grateful for the rest area modernization,” said Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle. “Thanks to the upgrades, visitors to the rest areas will now have a much better experience.”
According to a traffic count in 2011, the Meigs rest areas receive nearly 500 cars daily.
The rest area on Ohio 7 North in Kanauga was renovated as part of the 2010-11 plan by ODOT.
According to ODOT Public Information Officer David Rose, that rest area opened on Dec. 10, 2012.