Rest area on I-65 in Hart County reopens more than a year after - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Rest area on I-65 in Hart County reopens more than a year after being gutted by fire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The rest stop along southbound Interstate 65 in Hart County has reopened just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

The popular rest area located at mile point 59 on I-65, officially reopened at noon Friday nearly a year-and-a-half after it was gutted by fire on Jan. 5, 2016. It has has been closed ever since. 

The State Fire Marshal's Office determined that the cause of the blaze was an electrical issue.

Parking is again available for cars and trucks, and the restrooms are open. Crews are still working on completing landscaping, trim, vending services and other cosmetic repairs. Signs alerting motorists of the work in progress will be displayed around the facility. With AAA forecasting a record number of Memorial Day travelers in more than a decade across the country, increasing access to rest areas couldn't be better timed. 

The southbound Hart County rest area welcomes approximately 1.5 million visitors annually.

The rest area welcomes about 1.5 million visitors each year. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Chris Jessie says "it's a highly traveled and highly utilized facility."

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