WISCONSIN'S ROADSIDE REST AREA FACILITIES

WISCONSIN'S ROADSIDE REST AREA PROGRAM STARTED ABOUT 1935 WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FEW SMALL TABLESITES. SINCE THAT TIME THE REST AREA PROGRAM HAS DEVELOPED INTO A SYSTEM OF 17 INTERSTATE SYSTEM REST AREAS AND 273 REST AREAS ON THE REMAINDER OF THE STATE TRUNK HIGHWAY SYSTEM. ALTHOUGH THE MAINTENANCE OF ROADWAY SURFACES AND SHOULDERS TAKE HIGHEST PRIORITY, THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF ROADSIDE REST AREAS HAS A GREATER IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON THE TRAVELING PUBLIC. THIS TYPE OF SERVICE HAS BECOME RECOGNIZED AS AN IMPORTANT ADJUNCT TO THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM, AND IS NOW CONSIDERED NECESSARY FOR THE SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE OF THE TRAVELING PUBLIC. ALL INTERSTATE HIGHWAY REST AREAS ARE EQUIPPED WITH HEATED, FLUSH-TYPE TOILET BUILDINGS AND ARE OPEN 24-HOURS A DAY, THROUGHOUT ALL SEASONS OF THE YEAR. THE HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF FACILITIES AT THESE ROADSIDE REST AREAS IS REVIEWED. THE COST OF DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING THE WISCONSIN REST AREA SYSTEM IS EXTREMELY HIGH. THE MAINTENANCE COST OF OPERATING THE INTERSTATE REST AREA SYSTEM FOR 1969 WILL BE APPROXIMATELY $350,000. HOWEVER, THE PUBLIC HAS ACCEPTED THIS SERVICE WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM AND WITH THIS TYPE OF EFFORT THE REST AREA SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN OUTSTANDING ASSET TO THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 14 Pp, 6 PhOT, 2 FIG
  • Authors:
    • Buglass, W J
  • Publication Date: 1968

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  • Accession Number: 00204751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1994 12:00AM