Va. Gov.-Elect McDonnell to Reopen Rest Stops

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    NBCWashington.com

    Your commute through the state of Virginia just might get to be a little bit easier.

    Incoming Virginia Gov.Robert F. McDonnell said he will make good on a campaign promise and reopen the rest stops that were closed a couple of months back.

    McDonnell believes he will have them open within 90 days after he takes office.

    His team is still working on the details, but an option is to staff the sites with non-violent prison labor.

    Other options include an adopt-a-stop program for private companies and shifting funds in the Transportation Department.

    Outgoing Gov. Tim M. Kaine closed 18 rest stops in order to save the state $9 million.

    McDonnell will be sworn in Jan. 16.