Iowa cancels plans for new rest area

Published: March 23 2010 | 12:10 pm - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 9:40 pm in
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The state of Iowa has decided not to build a new rest area on Interstate 35 north of Des Moines.

The Iowa Department of Transportation had been considering the construction of a $10 million rest area at I-35 and Iowa Highway 210 east of Huxley. The new rest area would have replaced rest areas at Ankeny, which are scheduled to be demolished.

Instead of building the rest area, state officials say they will consider letting motorists use convenience stores and fast-food restaurants if they need a break.

The plans for the Huxley rest area were canceled after local residents opposed removing land from property tax rolls and said they were worried about more traffic and possible crime.

The Iowa Transportation Commission is to consider other options to replace the Ankeny rest areas.

-- Associated Press

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