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Virginia Rest Area Closings – More to the Story?


It has come to my attention that a driving force behind Virginia’s goal to close the rest areas could actually have something to do with the plans of building a railroad transportation yard on U.S. Route 11 in Elliston, VA.  It is my understanding that Adams Construction, out of Blue Ridge, VA had been holding public meetings concerning this, but when the public said “NO”, then the talk of closing the rest areas began.  We have not spoken with Adams Construction to confirm this.

In order to build the railroad transportation yard, they would have to widen U.S. 11 in the Elliston, VA area for the asphalt plant, as well as widen I-81 at Iranto, VA in order to accommodate the transportation facility. The land along the interstate does not fall under farm land zoning codes, thus the Federal Government could step in for commercialization of the land.

However, concerning the rest area closings, they did begin with mile marker 129 which lies within Iranto, VA.  The proposed land site is maintained by the city of Salem, VA which is leased from Roenoke County, VA.  Going on up from U.S. Route 11 to Route 117 is known as Peters Creek Road, which is in Roenoke County.  This is where the first public meeting for public input about the rest area closings were held, according to my understanding.  Thus, falling right in line with the information I have received relating to the proposed railroad transportation yard wanting to be built, and very well could be the real reason for closing these rest areas along I-81 in Virginia.

Allen Smith

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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3 Responses to Virginia Rest Area Closings – More to the Story?. - Post a Comment

  1. Paul

    Interesting catch Allen – very, very nice work. I’d like to make some comments but I’ll keep my opinions to myself until I digest this a little more 🙂 Will definitely spread the word though.

  2. Allen Smith

    Hi Paul: Jay Warren, a prize winning journalist for WSLS TV has been following this and has been asking tough questions concerning this, but it never has reached internationally. It has been reported on local channels, but nothing more. It is also my understanding that Governor Tim Kaine is for the Railroad yard going in……

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