Wyoming DOT to close 10 rest areas to save money

(KOTA TV)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Transportation plans to close 10 highway rest areas to save money.

The closures starting June 15 will save about $800,000 a year.

Department officials said Friday they are closing rest areas near Lusk on U.S. Highway 18; Guernsey on U.S. 26; Greybull on U.S. 14-16-20; Moorcroft on Interstate 90; Star Valley on U.S. 89; Ft. Steele on I-80; Sundance on I-90; Upton on U.S. 16; and Orin Junction and Chugwater, both on I-25.

The Wyoming Transportation Commission approved the closures in a special meeting May 27.

Wyoming faces a two-year budget deficit of $1 billion or more amid declining revenue.