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Ariz. now has 1 contract for highway rest areas

Ariz. now has 1 contract for highway rest areas

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Oct 1, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Transportation says there'll be changes at its 14 highway rest areas under a new contract.
   
The department says the new contract with Brentwood, Tenn.-based Infrastructure Corp. of America is a departure from a previous arrangement with another company. That arrangement involved separate contracts for each rest area.
   
According to ADOT, the new operator will implement a sponsorship and advertising program to generate revenue, with the state promised at least $1 million in revenue over the next 10 years.
   
ADOT's announcement also says new features may Wi-Fi access, dog-walking areas, charging stations for electric vehicles and ATM machines.
   
Food and beverage shops won't be added within the rest areas. That's barred by federal law.
   
ADOT says the current caretakers will be retained under the public-private partnership.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.