Improvements coming to reopened I-95 Welcome Center

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — State officials are directing more resources to the newly reopened Welcome Center along I-95 in Richmond.

“The Welcome Center has been very heavily used since it opened earlier this month and it became clear that more bathroom facilities were needed,” said Sen. Elaine Morgan, R-Hopkinton.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said it plans to double the number of portable bathrooms and perform more frequent cleanings.

“While the building at the Welcome Center/rest stop has not yet reopened, I have learned that the DOT is working on a much-needed comprehensive cleaning of the interior,” Morgan added. “They will be wiring the building for video surveillance and wireless internet access. This is a work in progress. The cleaning and other improvements are ongoing.”

The Welcome Center was closed in 2011 amid budget concerns. The state will be looking for volunteers to staff the building when it is ready to open to help keep costs at a minimum.

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