Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) made good on a campaign promise Wednesday with help from the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which voted unanimously to re-open 19 Virginia rest areas.
The stops were shuttered last summer because of budget troubles.
McDonnell made a brief appeal to the CTB, which made a late addition to its agenda to accommodate the vote.
The stops will be phased in, starting with four along Interstate 81 to be open by Feb. 17. All rest areas will be operational by April 15.
Virginia will pay $3 million to operate the areas between now and the end of June. Starting with the new fiscal year, McDonnell hopes to secure public-private financing, non-violent inmate labor and other funding mechanisms.