Put on your Brakes: $3.6 Million Rest Stop OpensMay 21st, 2009 at 6:23 pm by Anne Schieber under Uncategorized
Maybe I’m not up to speed on these things but a rest stop costing $3.6 million dollars? I’m referring to the new rest stop MDOT will unveil Friday on eastbound I-196 between Zeeland and Hudsonville. It’s a nice looking building. There’s lots of new concrete and I’m sure it was time for new toilets but aren’t we suppose to be putting the brakes on this kind of thing or at least finding other uses for this money like fixing pot holes without having to raise the gas tax even more?
MDOT says the 30 year old building was in deep need of updating. It must have been in really bad shape because the whole building had to be knocked down. My house is 30 years old. Should I be knocking it down? The new building is more “energy efficient.” When will we see the return on this investment? I hope it’s sooner than 30 years. The new rest stop is now “no longer in the flight path of planes at a nearby airport.” I bet the motorists stopping for a few minutes are relieved to hear that. And why stop there? Why not move the entire highway? And nearby houses , the farms and the stores?
Some of the money went to pay for more truck parking. There’s also room more room for tourists. We can appreciate that in a recession. MDOT points out that 85 percent of the money is coming from the federal government. Glad to hear that. I thought maybe is might have been tax dollars or something.