Nancy Hanks rest areas to close

The Indiana Department of Transportation is closing the Nancy Hanks rest stop on Interstate 64.

According to the INDOT Southwest office, INDOT conducted a review of all its rest stops in 2018 to determine their condition and amount of usage.

They identified several that needed excessive repairs and determined that the overall system could be improved by closing the least used facilities, according to Jason Tiller, INDOT Southwest Communications Director. The operational cost savings could be transferred to make improvements to those that receive more traffic.

The Nancy Hanks rest area located at mile-maker 59 is over 30 years old and is facing rising costs of maintenance and operation and, according to Tiller, it could cost millions of dollars to make repairs to both facilities (there are rest areas on the east and west sides of the interstate).

Additionally, the commercial development at the Dale/Huntingburg and Ferdinand/Santa Claus exits allows for basic necessities to be filled at those exits.

7 Responses to Nancy Hanks rest areas to close

  1. 8126619321 January 9, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

    Indiana don’t want big trucks parking on ramps but continue taking the parking away for them… sad

  2. B Brown January 9, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

    That is just a lot a BS. I drive pass it ea. day and it is alway full of big truck and car. When people are on vac it nice to have some where to stop to let the kids out for the restroom and to get something to eat… Hate to see this…

  3. Mike Hochgesang January 10, 2019 at 2:31 am #

    Indiana is way behind on rest parks. Most state have updated their rest parks but not many in Indiana. As was said it sure is a nice place to provide and gives travelers a taste of each state. Kentucky, Tenn.georgia Florida and many Western states have some ver nice parks. We need that in Indiana’s budget.

  4. Randy Baker January 10, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Indiana is terrible with their approach to highway maintenance. They tend to cherry pick where and when they do improvements. If I took care of my families needs they way state government takes care of their responsibilities, I would be looked down upon or in jail/court. Shame on you Indiana.

  5. Mrs. Ima Ruth Green January 10, 2019 at 10:37 am #

    “Millions of dollars” to repair/improve – ??? Maybe to totally rehab/redesign, but no way to simply repair and spruce up. Maybe the state consulted the same firm for an estimate that did Market Street Park, just the size of a large city back yard, for $4M! Have seen other rest stops in other states that have met similar fates (abandoned, closed), if not for the same reason(s), and they look terrible – overgrown, trash, graffiti, et al – such a bad image for travelers about the state, and much worse than for one just needing repairs/improvements. Agree on the BS – the state is simply out of touch and doesn’t prioritize it’s services.

  6. Rogor Kaputnik January 10, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    Okay, this is beyond ridiculous. All of those country club checkpants Indiana Repubs hiked our gas tax waaayyy up to (supposedly) pay for infrastructure repairs and INDOT’s answer to maintaining rest areas on I-64 is to close them??? Too far away from Indianapolis, perhaps?
    And you people rewarded the Indiana Repubs for raising your gas tax by voting them all back into office…and rewarded one especially by voting him into the US Senate.
    Go take a good look at yourselves in the mirror, and see whose fault this really is.
    Are you people that stupid? Do you not realize by now that one party rule is never a good thing? Have you never heard Lord Acton’s famous quote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”?

    (For the record, I am a lifelong conservative. But I will never vote for an Indiana Repub again.)

  7. Hope January 14, 2019 at 11:02 pm #

    I stopped off there, as I usually do, on my way back from the Louisville Airport, and that facility looks like-new, and very clean. The parking lot was completely full with tractor it railers.
    It sure was nice to have a place to stop, right on the hwy, between Louisville and Huntingburg!