Closed Virginia Highway Rest Stops to Reopen

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    The Commonwealth Transportation Board has voted to reopen 19 closed Interstate rest stops in Virginia.

    The board's unanimous approval Wednesday followed a short appeal by Gov. Bob McDonnell, who made good on a promise to reopen rest areas closed by his predecessor, Democrat Tim Kaine.

    McDonnell told the board that inmate labor and private contributions would help manage the costs of reopening the rest stops.

    The rest stops were closed last summer as part of a plan to cut almost $9 million in expenses from a strained state budget.