State safety rest area workers honored for keeping freight moving and travelers safe during pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every facet of daily life over the past eight months. While this time has been challenging, Washingtonians have met it with resilience and determination to listen to science and keep the virus under control. It has also shined a light on Washington’s frontline heroes, such as state maintenance workers, who have continued working every day to make sure rest areas are clean, open and safe through it all.

Rest area crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation kept working in the field as essential workers during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. They also increased the frequency of their cleaning to help keep travelers safe. This meant cleaning all 45 year-round state rest areas at least twice a day.

At the most heavily used sites along I-5, I-90 and I-82, all touch points, such as door handles, faucets and handrails, were cleaned every two hours. Crews also worked repairing the rest areas to keep them open and in good working order.

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