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Pleasant Lake Rest Stop To Close

By Staff | Feb 26, 2016

Five rest areas along highways in this state are expected to close by May 1 of this year in order to help combat an N.D. Department of Transportation budget shortfall.

The rest area near Pleasant Lake is one of the sites expected to close. Other rest areas expected to close are ones at Norwich, Finnish, Germantown and Sykeston.

Jamie Olson, a spokeswoman for the DOT, said state user revenues

-monies collected from vehicle registration and truck regulatory fees, as well as gas taxes-are expected to be $69.2 million less than projected for the 2015-17 biennium and the agency had to trim its budget.

The DOT is expected to save $70,000 from the closure of the five rest areas.

According to Pierce County Auditor-Treasurer Karin Fursather, Pierce County is not immune to the DOT budget cuts. The county is expected to receive over $260,000 less in state aid and highway distribution funds. Highway distribution was originally projected to be $570,603, but a revised projection put the amount closer to $492,736. State aid was originally projected to be $864,819, but the projection has been revised to $682,514. County road projects being funded with monies from House Bill 1176 are expected to take a $66,654 hit as well.

– Tribune Staff Report

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