The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced that all but five rest areas in the state will remain open during the Winter months.
Michigan has 79 total rest areas in the state. MDOT says that the five rest areas they are closing are because of concerns over steep entrance and exit drives and slippery conditions on walkways.
State Transportation Director Kirk Steudie said, "Many look to our network of rest areas year-round for convenience and safety on their travels. For that reason, we keep as many open through winter as possible."
The rest areas that are closing will shut down on December 2nd and will reopen on April 12, 2014.
The five rest areas that will shut down for Winter are:
* St. Ignance Rest Area on southbound I-75 in Mackinac County
* Ludington Rest Area on northbound US-31 in Mason County
* Topinsbee Rest Area on northbound I-75 in Cheboygan County
* Hebron Rest Area on southbound I-75 in Cheboygan County
* Hart Rest Area on southbound US-31 in Oceana County
All closed rest areas will have signs letting travelers know where the nearest open rest area is located.