"It's enough to say, 'Hi,' when folks enter. At the borders it's fine, but we must draw the line. Must we welcome them to the state's center?" --NC Senator David Weinstein, D-RobesonA bill that passed the NC Senate Appropriations Committee would kill the plans to convert a pair of Randolph County Rest Areas into an I-73/74 Welcome Center. The reason, Randolph County is in the center of the state.
Originally planned to be a traditional highway rest area, the Randolph County rest stops were upgraded to Welcome Centers at the request of local officials. NCDOT was going to use $1 million in federal money to build the Welcome Centers. It would also cost the state $180,000 annually to operate.
The bill orders the DOT and the Department of Commerce to consult and gain the legislatures approval for any future Welcome Centers.
Story: Thursday, May 3, 2007 at the North Carolina General Assembly ---Hendersonville News