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Md. cuts services at more highway rest stops

December 08, 2009

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- State budget cuts are putting the squeeze on traveler services on Maryland highways.

Officials said Monday they were permanently closing the bathrooms at one rest area, tightening the hours at several others and eliminating counter workers at three "welcome centers" -- including the heavily visited Chesapeake House on Interstate 95.

Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered the budget cuts last month.

The most painful effects may be felt this winter by travelers on Interstate 68. Bathrooms are closed for good at the Cove Overlook rest area near Keyser's Ridge, and will be unavailable from January through April at Sideling Hill.

The bathrooms at the Youghiogheny Overlook on I-68 near Friendsville are open only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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