This morning in the Richmond Times Dispatch was the headline "McDonnell gets the OK to re-open rest stops." Gov. McDonnell keeps a promise within one WEEK of being in office. Good job Gov. keep it up. All rest stops will be open and operating by April 15 with the first being re-opened next month. McDonnell commented that the closed rest stops had sent a bigger signal to those driving through Virginia, that the Commonwealth was closed for business. McDonnell says that opening up these rest stops was important for showing how serious he was about keeping his promises.
The Commonwealth is exploring public-private partnership programs for the rest stop areas and the transportation agency is looking at ways to bring down the additional $7.5 million dollar price tag to keep the rest stops in operation.