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!