• Mar 30, 2011
The beautiful state of Virginia is reportedly looking to offset some of the $20 million it costs to operate and maintain its 42 rest stops, and perhaps you can help. NBC Washington reports that the state is selling the naming rights to each of the stops to help raise revenue needed to keep the facilities open.
Former Governor Tim Kaine apparently closed 19 of the facilities back in 2009 as a cost-cutting measure, but current Governor Bob McDonnell re-opened the structures eight months ago, promising to find other ways to raise the needed money. Also being discussed is the idea of using prison labor for maintenance. Somewhere, somehow Warden Norton is pleased.

Meanwhile, we're wondering whether "Autoblog: Obsessively Covering This Rest Stop" has a ring to it. Let us know what you'd name a Virginia rest area in Comments.

[Source: NBC Washington | Image: Virginia Department of Transportation]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      So it costs somewhere near $480k per year to maintain a rest stop?!

      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see the sign now:

      "This Virginia rest stop is sponsored by Synagro. Remember, haste makes waste. Drive carefully."

      Seriously, they should call up Synagro and the like and ask for a sponsorship.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The David B. Albo $3000 Speeding Ticket Memorial Rest Stop.
        • 3 Years Ago
        He might charge $3000 to use the rest area.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like this idea. The only thing worth owning in Virginia is totally just a place to take a dump on the way through the state.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Loudoun County, VA, is the richest county in America, so apparently some people disagree with you. (Interestingly, it's also got the highest population of ticks)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, true with the gov contractors. VA is really beautiful, though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The state and I just don't get along. It's the speeding thing...

        I know the easiest way to avoid it is to drive the highway speed limits, but it's painfully slow getting through there if you're doing 55-65. Now they can charge as much as 3k for a violation.

        Tickets used to be issued as a reminder to calm the hell down, but in VA it looks like they subsidize the state with things like a "ticket blitz."

        It's a shame cause I know the tuning culture and even JDM is alive and well in VA. I just can't call myself a petrol head and defend the VA highways. It's blasphemy, like hating the autobahn. How can you NOT love the idea of it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @n2w,
        First, Loudon County is the home to a metric ton of federal employees and contractors and as we all know, the government's not going out of business.

        As for your second statistic regarding ticks, see my sentence above. ;-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Chicken Pit
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should either sell the naming rights or lease the rest areas to outside companies to run and develop. In Lynchburg, VA they let companies maintain and advertise on cloverleafs throughout the city. Not sure if the companies have to pay for this but it cuts down on maintenance costs for the city.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just privatize the damn things. Companies would pay massive amounts of money for the rights to have a gas station, restaurant, etc. right on the side of the road. Just make it a requirement that they maintain the current amount of facilities at the location.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wanna see the Autoblog stop off 81 on my way back to VT!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Name one after Sea Urchin. Call it Sea Urine.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting idea.

      A better idea is to allow rest areas to become service plazas like you have off of toll roads.

      It is so much easier to just hit a plaza get some gas and hop back on without having to deal with finding a exit with a gas station, and hoping it has a clean restroom.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Splash & Dash
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to name mine The Glory Hole. lol
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