Remodeled I-75 Lake Park Welcome Center Reopens

| June 30, 2016

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LAKE PARK – The remodeled Interstate 75 Lake Park visitor information and welcome center is scheduled to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Thursday as the busy holiday travel weekend gets under way.

The center, located between Exits 2 and 5 on I-75 North, has been closed since Oct. 22, 2015. Access to the property was restricted to prevent possible injuries to the public during construction and to allow the contractor to finish the work as quickly as possible.

Quillian Powell Construction Co. Inc. of Valdosta was the contractor for the project, which had a $1 million budget and was funded by advertising revenue collected by the Logo program. Bright blue signs posted near interstate exits bear logos that guide motorists to businesses such as gas stations, restaurants and hotels.

One of the biggest changes to the center was the demolition of a separate restroom building and vending area that stood to the east of the main building. The small building was replaced with a pavilion. The main building was enlarged to add restrooms, including a unisex bathroom that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. These supplement the two existing bathrooms in the main building. New plumbing fixtures were installed with automatic flush valves and motion sensors.

Other work done includes repairing and restriping the parking lots, installing landscaping, updating the fire alarm system, replacing wall switches with occupancy sensors, replacing light fixtures with LED light fixtures, repairing/replacing drywall as necessary and painting the building. The center was opened in 1964 and has been remodeled numerous times. The current building was built in 1987.

The lobby, which contains the visitor information center, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but separate entrances will provide 24-hour access to the new restrooms on the north end of the building. The vending area is now on the outside of the main building.

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