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Sideling Hill Rest Stop Closed Much Of The Year

April 30th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

A highway rest stop, located near the eastern side of the Sideling Hill Road Cut on Interstate 68 west of Hancock, includes a pedestrian bridge crossing I-68, connecting the eastbound and westbound rest areas and offering views of the cut is now essentially closed for much of the year- and during those times  stopping is prohibited. State Senator George Edwards says he still gets questions about whether the center will ever fully re-open. The rest stop formerly included the Sideling Hill Exhibit Center, a four-level geological museum and travel information center which opened in 1991. Due to state budget cuts, this facility was closed on Aug. 15, 2009, as part of a $280 million budget reduction package.  Before its closing, the center served about 95,000 visitors a year, at a cost of about $1.16 per visitor. Sideling Hill exhibit transferred to Hancock Museum and Visitor's Center, Hancock. Edwards says he has talked with state transportation officials about the future of the center…





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