Virginia Cuts 19 Rest Areas, Staff Jobs

RICHMOND, Va. -- Roadside grass will grow higher, 19 Interstate highway rest stops will close and highway workers will lose jobs as Virginia's road money dries up.

Transportation Commissioner David Ekern outlined recommendations for funding cuts that are being presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board Wednesday and Thursday.

Many of the rest areas the state will close will be in the state's most populous region, northern Virginia.

The popular Jamestown Ferry that crosses the James River to one of the state's prime tourist venues will continue running round-the-clock.

Roadside safety patrols in western Virginia will be eliminated July 1.

Mowing will be scaled back to three times per season, and a much narrower swath will be mowed.

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