The thought never occurred to me until I saw this -- why do we still have Rest Areas? Sure, Oregon's rest stops are always nestled in tranquil spots (as tranquil as it could be next to a roadway) but they cost a lot of money to maintain. Consider that today, just off the highways, there are commercial stops that may not be as tranquil, but they do the job. Why do we need rest stops in this day and age? I'm betting with the state of financial affairs in Oregon, these will succumb to budget restraints sooner rather than later.
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