MDOT to keep most rest areas open year-round

Only five of the state's 78 rest areas will close for the winter.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says it will keep nearly all of the state's rest areas open this coming winter.

According to a news release, only five of the 78 rest areas in the state will close for a 20-week between between Dec. 5 and April 25, 2018. These specific closures are due to lack of use during the winter months and safety concerns, such as steep entrance and exit drives and potentially slippery conditions on stairways between the parking lots and buildings.

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The following five rest areas will close Dec. 5 and reopen in April:

  • 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

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

Closed rest areas will be also listed on MDOT's website at

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