Clark County rest area shines brightest in annual state competition

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – Offering the cleanest safe haven for road-weary motorists driving on Kentucky's interstates, Clark County’s Interstate 64 eastbound rest area received its third “best-maintained” rest area award Friday at the state Transportation Cabinet’s 18th annual recognition ceremony.

Honoring the employees of Community Services Project Inc., which provides custodial upkeep for the Clark County facility, KYTC leaders presented certificates to each staff member.

“We are proud and grateful for the hard work you dedicate to providing a clean environment for the traveling public who visit these grounds,” Kelly Baker, chief engineer for the Department of Highways Lexington District, said in a news release. “Being recognized as the state’s best-maintained rest area for two consecutive years is noteworthy and reflects highly on every team member here.”

Andy Barber, deputy state highway engineer for project delivery and preservation, also commended the rest area staff.

“I want you to know that the work you do is important,” said Barber. “By creating a favorable impression for visitors, the Clark County rest area is a reflection of the state of Kentucky. In addition to making a good impression to travelers, rest areas contribute to the safety mission of the Transportation Cabinet by offering a clean, accessible safe haven for motorists and commercial drivers to recharge.”

The Clark County eastbound rest area has been serving Kentucky interstate motorists for over half a century, providing access to food, water, picnic and pet walk areas. With a folded plate roof and circular walls, the unique architectural design of the facility makes it the only one of its kind still operational in the state.

Based on unannounced quarterly maintenance inspections performed by KYTC’s Division of Maintenance, the best-maintained rest area award is presented annually to the rest area or welcome center that receives the highest combined score for the year. The cabinet operates seven welcome centers, 17 rest areas and four truck rest havens at weigh station locations.

The Clark County rest area received its first “best-maintained” award for the cleanest state facility of 2011.