PARIS – Texas Department of Transportation officials today said work on two new safety rest areas along Interstate Highway 30 in Hopkins County will begin Aug. 8.
TxDOT unveiled plans for the new rest areas in March 2015 at a public meeting in Cumby, Texas. The new travelers’ facilities will be constructed just east of Cumby, between FM 499 and FM 275 South, at an estimated cost of more than $23 million.
Haydon Building Corporation, Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded the contract to build the new facilities with a target completion date of January 2018, weather permitting.
The new rest areas will serve both east- and west-bound traffic moving along I-30. Each will occupy a site of about 49 acres. A rest area on the north side of I-30 will serve west-bound travelers, and a rest area on the south side of I-30 will serve east-bound travelers.
TxDOT officials said each rest area will include a main building with restrooms, a Texas Department of Public Safety office, and a lobby/exhibit area that will feature information and displays from surrounding communities. Each site will also include outdoor playgrounds and picnic arbors; walking/exercise areas; separate parking areas for passenger vehicles and larger vehicles such as tractor-trailers; 24-hour security and a maintenance caretaker. A small pond on each site will support grounds and landscaping irrigation needs, officials said.
TxDOT officials asked drivers to pay special attention to all signs, barricades and traffic controls, and to reduce their speed as they approach work zones during their travels. They should also avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, or car audio or navigation systems when driving.