AHTD seems to enjoy wasting money. It was announced this past week that the Big Piney Rest Areas on I-40 west of Russellville are closing to make way for renovations, including more restrooms, wi-fi, and a tourist information center.The rest areas (and the scenic overlook) will be closed for over a year while the existing buildings are razed and replaced with new structures.
So while the highways are allowed to crumble (last year's "improvements" are already starting to fall apart), AHTD is spending money to the upgrade rest areas (there are several others planned for upgrades as, well). Then they will complain they have no money to fix the roads.
Can someone please explain this logic?