The NCDOT expects to save nearly two-hundred seventy thousand dollars a year by combining four I-77 rest areas into one new facility north of Statesville. Considering the thirteen million dollar contract price, however, the savings aren’t really savings.
At that rate, it will take just short of fifty years for the facility to pay for itself with the excess money.
The new facility is expected to cost four-hundred twenty-five thousand to maintain each year. According to the DOT, that includes janitorial work, maintenance and landscaping. Rest areas are staffed twenty-four seven.
The bid process for the new rest area is expected to begin in April.