Two of the effects of our state’s budget woes: VDOT is eliminating their safety patrol and we’re shutting down 18 of our 40 rest stops. Our rest stops serve 45,000,000 travelers every year. What message will we send to tourists when we block off the ramp with boulders and surround the abandoned buildings with barbed wires?
All of this is only going to get worse, year after year, as the cost of maintaining our roads exceeds the money available for maintenance and construction combined. Some governor is going to need the cojones to fix this, and a legislature that’s willing to provide the funding. I wonder how bad it’ll have to get before the political will materializes.