After nearly three years, all of the rest areas along Connecticut highways are back to being open 24 hours a day.

Back in 2016, Connecticut cut back the operating hours and staffing at state's seven rest areas, including Danbury at exit 2 along I-84 and Southington at exit 28, due to budget cuts. At the time, the reduced hours were expected to save the state around $2,000,000 per year.

As of Monday, July 1, all seven of the state-operated rest area buildings are open to the public around the clock. In a press release, Governor Lamont said, “While certainly well intentioned, I believe the move to shut our state’s rest areas was penny wise and pound foolish. We have to make the necessary investments to attract people to visit and return to our state. This is a small but meaningful step toward making Connecticut more attractive to visitors and our residents alike.”

Governor Lamont held a press conference at the Danbury rest stop on Monday morning to make the move official.