Rest areas on I-74, I-57 to close

Rest areas on I-74, I-57 to close

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Three local rest areas will soon be closed for 4-6 months as the Illinois Department of Transportation gives them upgrades.

The Salt Kettle rest area near Oakwood on Interstate 74 is up first, with it closing Monday for renovations "that include the addition of a family-assist room, energy efficiency improvements and repairs to the septic system," said IDOT spokeswoman Kelsea Gurski.

Family-assist rooms are larger bathrooms designed for families.

The Illini Prairie rest areas near Pesotum on I-57 are also getting upgrades.

Beginning Nov. 27, the southbound rest area will close, followed by the northbound rest area on Dec. 11.

Each of the Illini Prairie rest areas will be getting two family-assist rooms, along with mechanical and energy efficiency upgrades.

Combined, the upgrades to these three rest areas will cost $1.08 million, Gurski said.

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RatDog wrote on November 12, 2017 at 11:11 am

What a crock of hooey. People depend on those rest areas, especially truckers. The I-74 rest area was closed all summer as recently as 2012. This is governmental incompetence.