PROVIDING A PLACE TO REST
Up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year are caused by drowsy drivers.
Many states are taking action to reduce tired driving, particularly among truck drivers, by creating or expanding rest areas to better serve both truckers and fatigued private-vehicle drivers.
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Planners must consider not just a rest area’s initial use, but regulations governing the commercialization of the right-of-way along the Interstate System. In addition, they should also anticipate long-term utilization over the next five, 10, 15, and more years with an eye toward developing future technologies that may affect the project.
Ultimately, every building site is different, and rest area development plans should be built around each site’s unique characteristics. By following these ten tips, most transportation authorities can ensure their rest areas will meet the needs of truck drivers and other travelers today and well into the future.