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All seven of the state-operated highway rest area buildings, including indoor restroom facilities, will be open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning Monday. 

This includes the rest area by exit 2 off I-84 eastbound in Danbury. 

Funding to return the rest areas to round-the-clock operations was included in the budget the governor signed into law earlier this week.   Staffing levels at 7 state operated highway rest areas had been reduced in October 2016 in response to budget cuts.  The indoor facilities had been limited to a one-shift, daytime operation.  That meant only outdoor portable restroom facilities during hours during un-staffed hours.

While well intentioned, Governor Lamont says the closures were penny wise and pound foolish.  He says Connecticut must make the necessary investments to attract people to visit and return to the state.  Lamont called this is a small but meaningful step toward making Connecticut more attractive to visitors and residents. 

Calling the rest areas an important safety amenities for travelers and truckers, DOT Commissioner Joe Giulietti says residents and visitors deserve better than portable bathrooms.

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