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Georgia Opens New I-95 Welcome Center

The Georgia Department of Transportation officially opened their brand new I-95 Welcome Center. The Chatham County facility is the first Georgia Welcome Center location to greet travelers along the I-95 corridor.

The newly constructed 22,000 square-foot Georgia Welcome Center is designed to serve as a showcase for all the Coastal Georgia region has to offer. Unique and inspiring displays are located throughout the new facility to help enhance the visitor experience, and were created through a special public-private partnership between the Georgia DOT, the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visit Savannah, a division of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.

Construction on the new Georgia Welcome Center located in Chatham County on I-95 near the State Route 21 Interchange began in May 2015 at a cost of approximately $10.2 million. In addition to the display areas, the new facility includes parking for passenger and commercial vehicles, vending machine services, picnic facilities, pet trails and restrooms.


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All Maryland Welcome Centers Opened in Time for the Summer Travel Season

The Maryland Department of Commerce announced that all of the state’s Welcome Centers that were closed six years ago are now open for business in time for the busy summer travel season. The re-opening of the Youghiogheny Overlook center in Garrett County and the Bay Country center in Queen Anne’s County demonstrates the commitment by Governor Larry Hogan’s administration to strengthening Maryland’s tourism industry.

“The reopening of these welcome centers is critical to Maryland’s thriving tourism industry and provides an important service to thousands of visitors each year,” said Governor Hogan. “The professionalism of our welcome center staff and their extensive knowledge of the state’s unique attractions ensures that our visitors have a positive experience and will encourage them to return to our state again and again.”

 

The welcome centers will operate Thursday through Monday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will be closed on major holidays.


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Three I-95 Virginia Rest Areas Close, to be Demolished and Replaced

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will replace three of the Commonwealth’s most-visited and oldest Safety Rest Areas to better meet the needs of motorists traveling in the Commonwealth.

“Adequate rest area and welcome center facilities are essential for motorists traveling through Virginia,” said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick. “Comfortable facilities encourage travelers to take a break from driving, which promotes safety on our highways and helps to decrease fatigue-related accidents.”

Three rest areas on Interstate 95, two in Caroline County and the other just across the Virginia state line, will close for demolition beginning mid-April and open prior to Memorial Day with temporary facilities. The facilities are Ladysmith rest areas north and southbound I-95 in Caroline County and Skippers rest area and welcome center northbound I-95 in Greensville County.

Thirty-three million people a year visit the state’s 43 rest areas and welcome centers. More than three million travelers visit the Ladysmith rest areas and 1.3 million people visit the Skippers rest area and welcome center.

The three rest areas will be completely rebuilt at a cost of $11.6 million with construction scheduled for completion by Memorial Day in 2017. The improvements include the following:

  • Larger modern facilities with additional restrooms
  • A welcome center will be added to the Ladysmith rest areas on I-95 northbound
  • Restrooms will contain energy and water efficient fixtures.
    Buildings will meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

VDOT looked at the 43 rest areas and welcome centers across the state and ranked them based on visitation and age. They found that three of the most-visited facilities were also some of the oldest and smallest. Based on those criteria, the rest areas at Ladysmith and Skippers ranked as top priorities for reconstruction. They were built in the mid to late 1960s. Bigger buildings and additional restroom facilities are now needed to accommodate today’s larger volume of visitors.


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