- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials have taken another step in efforts to find a new operator to reopen a rest area along the Western Kentucky Parkway.

The state Finance and Administration Cabinet says a new request for proposal has been issued for the now-closed Beaver Dam Service Area.

The rest area had housed a gas station, convenience store and a restaurant.

State transportation officials have installed temporary message boards and barricades to the entry ramps since the service area’s recent closure.

State officials said Thursday that responses to the new RFP are due by March 8. Officials say they’re hoping to select a new operator in early April. They say the vendor would have up to three months to get the rest area operational.

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