Stop Development of Rest Areas into Truck Stops - Hocking Hills
  • Petitioned Governor Kasich

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Governor Kasich

Stop Development of Rest Areas into Truck Stops - Hocking Hills

    1. Jason Sarver
    2. Petition by

      Jason Sarver

      Rockbridge, OH

DEMAND: To immediately suspend plans to develop State-owned rest areas into "Truck Stops" along U.S. 33 in Rockbridge, Hocking Hills, Ohio

1) The Hocking Hills is Ohio's natural gem. As many people visit the Hocking Hills as they do Yellowstone National Park. Positioning crude, loud truck stops at the gateway to the Hocking Hills would devastate the natural beauty of the area. Visitors would be welcomed to the area with big rigs, heavy traffic, noise, drugs, prostitution, air and light pollution. 2) Traffic safety is a priority. The U.S. 33 corridor along the town of Rockbridge is already dangerous and adding more access to the freeway equates to increased exposure for significant accidents. There is simply not enough space to ensure safe access to the highway. 3) Although there may be some need for a restaurant or grocery, there is ZERO need for another gas station in that area. Valero and the new Sunoco station at Clearcreek sufficiently provide services for motorists. Another gas station would simply take away business from the other two stations, rather than create new jobs and revenue. 4) Finally, ODOT has refused to take into consideration the concerns of Hocking County residents and officials. Decisions were made in secret without consulting with local engineers, residents or commissioners. A town meeting was held to inform the public of the "plans" and received public comment; however our comments fell on deaf ears. ODOT was simply going through the motions and formalities and ignored the concerns expressed by citizens and business people.

IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AGAINST ODOT! Tell the Governor we will not stand down. We will not let our Hocking Hills be tarnished by these endeavors. We will not support these businesses. And WE WILL BE HEARD!

Recent signatures


    1. ODOT has been stopped in their tracks!

      Jason Sarver
      Petition Organizer

      ODOT has been stopped in their tracks! First, no bids were submitted for the job. Maybe because of lack of interest or maybe because of our opposition and public resistance through the grassroots efforts. Second, we will keep this petition open just in case ODOT decides to try again soon for more bids for the Hocking County site. Thanks for all your support!!!

    2. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Matthews NILES, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      More Kasich snug relationships with big business, like the disgraceful promoting of charter schools at the expense of public education.

    • Keith Yeary PEORIA, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      I recently moved to Phoenix from Ostrander, Oh for my job...Rest area's should be a rest area...not a truck stop...I don't have a problem with the trucks or the truckers...we're all there to "rest".

      Truck stops don't bring "rest" they bring heavy traffic and can facilitate many other types of illegal activity associated with commercial activity...

    • tamara wray ROCKBRIDGE, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I live VERY close to the rest area in Rockbridge on 33. It is dangerous already with Valeros gas station, and the hocking flea market. I DO NOT WANT THIS STUPID PLAN!!!!!! Stay out of my bakyard!!

    • Sheila Harley OBERLIN, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I enjoy vacation time in the Hocking Hills area but not if there are a bunch of noisy truck stops. I'll find somewhere else to go.

      • over 2 years ago

      Because I visit the USA and I love Rest Stops !


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