The Georgia Department of Transportation said that as of Jan. 29 it closed four Interstate highway rest areas in different parts of the state for major renovation projects that would take up to five months.
"Motorists will have no access to the rest areas' driveways, parking areas or buildings during this renovation and beautification time," the agency said.
The department said it closed two rest areas on Interstate 75 North and South in Gordon County, in the state's northwest, for extensive modifications.
And it closed west-central rest areas on Interstate 75 southbound in Monroe County and Interstate 475 northbound in Bibb County.
For each, GDOT said the work includes parking lot repair, drainage repair, parking lot re-striping, repair to existing sidewalks, landscaping, upgrades of paths for access by those with physical disabilities, picnic canopy repair and replacement of roofs and gutters.
Inside the structures the projects also cover replacement of heating and air conditioning systems, repair or replacement of all exterior and interior lights with LED lighting, installation of occupancy sensors to lighting in restrooms, toilet and flooring improvements repair and repainting of walls and ceilings.
The announcements noted that "funds for the renovation and beautification of the Georgia welcome centers and rest areas come from revenues collected from the Georgia LOGO program," which allows businesses to advertise along highway interchanges by placing their names and logos on signs approaching exits. That program generates about $3.3 million a year, GDOT said.
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