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Oklahoma considers what to do with old rest stops

The Associated Press

7/30/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma transportation officials are considering what to do with six nearly half-century-old rest stops.

Oklahoma Transportation Department spokeswoman Terri Angier told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/13katsX ) that the rest stops need to be updated — but money is an issue. She says it is difficult to justify spending millions of dollars to upgrade such a facility when the department is asking for funding to improve roads and bridges.

Oklahoma has 11 rest stops with all but one along either Interstate 40 or I-35. The one is along U.S. 69 in southern Oklahoma.

The transportation department in recent years has worked with the state Tourism and Recreation Department to build information centers and now has five such centers with more modern buildings and restrooms that include changing stations for infants and toddlers.

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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