A post on St. Louis Urban Review contained a poll which asked readers, "Should Missouri Close Interstate Rest Stops?"
Well that stopped me in my tracks. I sure hope Missouri isn't considering doing this, those rest stops are the saving grace of long road trips. It seems that several states have already closed theirs-Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and South Dakota among others with Connecticut close to doing the same. They did this because of state transportation budget shortfalls.
Although Urban Review admits there is no known plan in Missouri to do this, it just might be one of those fair warning type things. Losing these rest stops take away the most convenient opportunity for drivers to do what they have to do and get back on the road. Plus you don't have to feel as though you need to buy something as you would pulling into an off ramp gas station or fast food place.