The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new rest area near Balsam that serves westbound U.S. 23/74 in Haywood County Thursday, March 31, 11 a.m..
The new facility has dual restrooms, a family restroom, a vending area, and parking for cars, long vehicles and trucks. It also offers picnic tables, a water feature and landscaping that utilizes native stone.
The existing eastbound-lane facility, located less than one mile from the new rest area, opened in 1989. This site closed for renovation in February and is scheduled to reopen in June. NCDOT contracted with Buchanan and Sons Inc. from Whittier on the $6.15 million project to complete both rest areas.
In addition to this new facility, North Carolina has 60 rest areas on interstate and primary routes that attract more than 25 million visitors each year.