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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Rocky Hill Rep. Tony Guerrera said Wednesday, the final day of the legislative session, that plans to close the Willington rest areas on Interstate 84 eastbound and westbound on July 1 have been scrapped.

He said he has worked with the governor’s office to also stop plans to close rest areas next year in Danbury, Southington, North Stonington, Middletown and Wallingford.

The trucking industry criticized the planned closures that were included in the new, two-year $40.1 billion budget.

Supporters of the cuts said they would save $400,000 next fiscal year and
ultimately $1.3 million per year. A lobbyist said truckers need somewhere to park and take required breaks.

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