All seven of the state-operated highway rest area buildings, including indoor restroom facilities, are now open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week as of today.
Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday that funding to return the rest areas to round-the-clock operations was included in the budget signed into law earlier this week.
“While certainly well intentioned, I believe the move to shut our state’s rest areas was penny wise and pound foolish,” Lamont said in a statement. “We have to make the necessary investments to attract people to visit and return to our state. This is a small but meaningful step toward making Connecticut more attractive to visitors and our residents alike.”
The Connecticut Department of Transportation maintains the state’s seven rest areas – four on Interstate 84, two on Interstate 91 and one on Interstate 95.
The governor’s office said they are part of a statewide network of facilities, which also include 23 service plazas that are located on interstate highways and the Merritt Parkway and offer parking, food, rest and relief, as well as other amenities.
The seven rest areas are in the following locations:
- I-84 Danbury EB past Exit 2
- I-84 Southington EB past Exit 28
- I-84 Willington EB past Exit 69
- I-84 Willington WB past Exit 70
- I-91 Wallingford SB past Exit 15
- I-91 Middletown NB past Exit 19
- I-95 North Stonington SB past Exit 93