ODOT Looking To Privatize 5 State-Owned Rest Areas

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is looking into leasing five state-owned rest areas, 10TV News reported on Monday.

ODOT Director Jerry Wray has said the leases could help offset the costs of maintaining the state's 104 rest areas, which cost the state $30 million and $50 million annually to maintain.

Two rest areas along U.S. Route 50 in Athens County, two along U.S. Route 33 in Hocking County and one rest stop along U.S. 23 in Pickaway County are in question.

The request opens the door for bidders to potentially lease the rest areas and allow the bidders to place convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants or other commercial entities on the sites.

Bids are due by July 20.

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