Most Michigan rest areas open throughout winter for travelers

    77 rest areas throughout Michigan will remain open throughout the winter for travelers, while five will be closed until spring. (MGN Image)

    MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- People traveling through the State of Michigan will be able to stop at select rest areas during their trip.

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced they will keep nearly all of the state's 77 rest areas open during the winter to maintain the convenience and safety they provide to motorists.

    "Many travelers look to our network of rest areas for a safe stopping point on their travels, which is why we keep as many open as possible year-round," said State Transportation Director Mark Van Port Fleet.

    Only five rest areas in Michigan are closed for a 20-week period, which is from December 3 to April 24, 2019.

    Those include:

    • St. Ignace Rest Area on southbound I-75 in Mackinac County
    • Ludington Rest Area on northbound US-31 in Mason County
    • Topinabee Rest Area on northbound I-75 in Cheboygan County
    • Hebron Rest Area on southbound I-75 in Cheboygan County
    • Hart Rest Area on southbound US-31 in Oceana County

    MDOT said the seasonal closures are due to reduced use during winter months and safety concerns, such as steep entrance and exit drives and potentially slippery conditions on stairways between parking lots and buildings.

    The five closed rest areas are locked and winterized, with exit and entrance ramps barricaded.

    The designated areas have "Closed Until Spring" signs posted and will have the mileage to the next open rest area listed.

    For a map of all the rest areas in Michigan, go to their website.

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