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Rest stop to be demolished

From staff reports

The rest area located on Interstate 77 northbound in Washington County is closing starting today, so that the building can be demolished and replaced with a new facility.

The rest area is located at mile marker 3.5. It was constructed in 1987.

The current facility is being replaced with a lodge-style building, and will feature inside vending and Ohio tourism information.

Resurfacing of the parking lot is also part of the project. When construction is complete, the rest area will have parking for 46 cars and 30 trucks. This is an increase from the current capacity.

Demolition of the current building is expected to take place over the winter months, and construction of the new facility will start in March. The project is expected to be completed in about a year.

It’s the first rest area that drivers encounter when traveling from Williamstown into Marietta on I-77. Williamstown’s rest area is about five miles away.

The next closest rest area on the interstate is located 45 miles away, in Guernsey County.

Once the rest area on I-77 in Washington County closes, drivers will not be able to use the parking lot or the building.

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