Stretch Your Legs in Virginia

Rest stops reopen along Virginia's highways and byways

By Nancy Norman
|  Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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Stretch Your Legs in Virginia

No more unbearable long hauls with no breaks on Virginia's highways. Eight of the 19 roadside rest stops shut down last year, have reopened, much  to the relief of travelers.

Get out and stretch your legs. Go to the bathroom. Get something to eat or drink.

Some of the stops, like the one in Manassas, doubles as visitor information centers. Very welcoming for the commonwealth. These amenities make your trip that much more enjoyable.

Nineteen rest stops shut down last year due to a budget shortfall.  Eight of them are back up and running.  The rest will open by April 15 -- just in time for summer vacation. 

The Virginia Department of Transportation said it will use its emergency maintenance reserve fund to keep them up and running through the end of the fiscal year in June. They said they'll figure out funding for next fiscal year sometime this spring.

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