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Arizona DOT to Close 13 Safety Rest Areas

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will close 13 of its 18 safety rest areas beginning Oct. 19. ADOT estimates that the closings will save about $2.5 million annually as they look to solve a $100 million shortfall. No timeframe has been given for when the safety rest areas will re-open, but ADOT has indicated that they will continue to re-evaluate the closures toward the end of the fiscal year in June 2010. In the past two fiscal years, the Arizona Legislature has transferred more than $533 million from ADOT’s budget to solve the state’s overall budget shortfall.

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