Ohio to revitalize rest stops along major highways in state

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday revealed plans to replace 33 of Ohio’s over 80 rest area buildings over the next four years during during a showcase of the state’s first rest stop as you enter Preble County from Indiana on Interstate 70.

The Preble County Welcome Center, which opened in 2019 and is located inside Ohio’s western border, was recently re-imagined with upgrades, which include native Ohio plants and landscaping, dog trails, Ohio music, rocking chairs, and a Storybook Trail outside.

“What you see today is really a rest area re-imagined,” DeWine said. “We’re going to try to take this prototype throughout the state of Ohio with all of our rest areas.”

Displays within the rest stop lobby area also tell the story of Ohio’s history with aviation, from the Wright brothers to Neil Armstrong, along with noting other historical figures in Ohio’s past, like Paul Laurence Dunbar, an influential Black poet. A large state map also illustrated major roadways, attractions, cities, and state parks.

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