TxDOT opens new Northbound I-45 safety rest area
NAVARRO COUNTY – TxDOT will open the new Safety Rest Area on the northbound side of I-45 just south of Richland on Thursday, November 3, 2011.
Two new safety rest areas, one on southbound I-45 and one on northbound I-45, have been under construction since October 2009. The $14.7 million project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The rest areas feature indoor and outdoor restroom facilities and vending areas. There will be interpretive displays with information about the history of Navarro County and the environment. Several pavilions built with native stone will replace the small picnic tables and a conceptual scavenger hunt, the “Glyph Walk” is a walking trail around the facilities that feature various glyphs located on the site that correspond to plaques found inside the rest area. The facilities also include offices for the DPS to use when needed as well as ample and well-lighted parking for both commercial and passenger vehicles.
This project serves as an important safety aspect for travelers on I-45. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates annually that about 100,000 police-related crashes involve drowsiness or fatigue as a principal factor. NHTSA also reports that Texas has the highest number of fatigue-related accidents in the United States.
The location for these facilities along I-45 was carefully chosen to give travelers an enjoyable opportunity to take a much needed break. The rest areas will be open continuously including holidays, giving all travelers a safe place to stop and relax before resuming their journey.