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Q&AZ: Arizona's Rest Stops

Last year, the only state-operated rest stop along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson was closed. KJZZ listener Atul was concerned about it, and submitted an inquiry through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project. It turns out it was only closed for repairs.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has 16 rest areas along interstate and state highways, and over the past few years it has been closing some of them to improve infrastructure, and make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Tom Herrmann is an ADOT spokesman. He says most of the rest stops have been around for almost 60 years.

“We have been working around the state, one-by-one," Herrmann said. "Over the next year-plus, we should really have upgraded all of the rest areas around the state.”

Herrmann says ADOT is currently renovating a rest area along Interstate 19 near Green Valley.

Most rest areas include bathrooms, picnic areas and snack machines. The state does not operate service plazas with restaurants and fuel stations like in some eastern states, but there are private travel centers along some routes.

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After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.