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Commercial interests could be coming to truck stops

March 13, 2001
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

Currently, the Missouri Department of Transportation is considering allowing commercial use of state rest areas. But, a current bill in front of the Senate Transportation Committee would deny businesses from taking control of those areas. Kyle Elfrink has more from Jefferson City.

A 1996 study showed more than 18-hundred businesses along state highways, employing close to 60-thousand Missourians. And according to Paul Rogers, a representative for convenience stores and truck stops in Missouri, local businesses would die out if MODOT allowed commercial use of rest areas ...

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Contents: ROGERS SAYS THE STATE WOULD SIMPLY BE REMOVING COMPETITION FROM THE EQUATION AND GIVING POWERFUL BUSINESSES BETTER LOCATION THAN LOCAL BUSINESSES CURRENTLY ALONG THE HIGHWAY.

Rogers says such an area already exists between Baltimore and Philadelphia and because of the commercialization at rest areas, local businesses along the highway have seen a 70 % drop in sales.

From the Jefferson City, I'm Kyle Elfrink, KMOX News.