Put on your Brakes: $3.6 Million Rest Stop Opens

May 21st, 2009 at 6:23 pm by 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.

5 Responses to “Put on your Brakes: $3.6 Million Rest Stop Opens”

  1. david says:

    I am trying to think of ways for 3.6 million to be spent more wastefully and I can’t. Our threshold for outrage has gotten too high if this doesn’t make you angry. Everyday I wonder when our roads will be repaired. Now I have a place to go to the bathroom but soon I won’t be able to get there because of the lousy roads.

  2. Steve says:

    Could have bought 3.6 miles of world class Michigan x-way….then it would be shot in 3.6 years. Just got back from vacation in Mexico. Roads are almost as nice as ours

  3. Bill Steffen says:

    I’ve driven past it many times and wondered what they were doing. The old rest area seemed fine to me. Flight path? I bet the rest area was there before the “airport”. Check out a top ten list of government waste: http://www.heritage.org/research/budget/bg1840.cfm

  4. david says:

    I’m also glad our tax dollars are diverting motorists from the nearby tax paying restaurants and gas stations. Our lawmakers are burning money like SUV’s burned gas back in the day.

  5. Chris says:

    Well, that rest area was shot. It was in BAD, shape! Also, I happen to fly in and out of that airport quite a bit and the trees were getting tall and that old building was right in the way of the runway.

    How come all Anne ever does is complain on these blogs and rant. Fire her a$$ and get a real reporter. Her Tuscan express rant was classic. How come it’s not there anymore?

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