The Georgia Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 85 rest areas off the northbound lanes in Franklin County and southbound lanes in Gwinnett County.
DOT District Engineer Russell McMurry has said that many factors go into the deciding to close rest areas.
“Criminal activity is rising at these locations. Safety is definitely a factor in this decision. Private development along the interstate now provides the services offered by rest areas," he said.
McMurry also said the condition of the rest areas “has deteriorated and the cost to maintain them is high."
Message boards are alerting motorists that the rest areas are closed. Also, barricades are in place to prevent entry into the areas.