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The local diners, fast food shops and gas stations that cluster just off the exits of America's highways are in a fight with the Senate over a proposal to commercialize rest stops -- a move they claim would divert traffic and suck their business dry.
The proposal by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would for the first time since the inception of the interstate highway system allow any state to open up side-of-the-highway rest stops to restaurants and gas stations.
Across the country, most of those rest stops are sleepy pockets on the side of the road -- consisting of little more than a bathroom, vending machines, parking and perhaps some brochures.
It's that way by design. Decades ago, Congress barred states from allowing commercial business directly along the interstate highways -- forcing motorists to venture off in search of food and fuel at the exits.
Based on this↑ statement, it seems that the author of the article, is in favor of this proposal. A bit melodramatic, in my opinion.
Decades ago, Congress barred states from allowing commercial business directly along the interstate highways -- [color=87FFFF]forcing motorists to venture off in search of food and fuel at the exits.