Five Things You Need to Know Today: February 24

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Federal Highway Administration Passes on I-15 Tolling Concept

Victor Mendez, administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, notified Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski that, at this time, Interstate 15 will not be considered for a federal toll road pilot program.

Instead, the federal government selected North Carolina, Virginia, and Missouri for the program that allows for tolling of existing roadways to support necessary improvements or reconstruction. Should one of those states drop from the program, the I-15 corridor may be reconsidered.

2. RV Park Approved for Nebraska Fairgrounds

The Lexington City Council in Lexington, Nebraska, has approved a special use permit from the Dawson County Agricultural Society for an RV park development on the north side of the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington.

The 48-site RV park will be located on the east end of Walnut Street where there are currently parking spaces for fairgoers. The overnight camping area will have facilities for potable water, sanitary waste disposal, and 50-amp hookups.

The lots for campers would be 30-foot by 60 foot and have a standard street slope of no more than 2 percent. In addition, RVs could stay a maximum of 30 days, The Lexington Clipper-Herald reported.

3. Webcams Installed at Wyoming State Parks

Webcams have been installed at Boysen and Glendo state parks by the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails and are now operational.

Installed by Versatel Communications, the Boysen webcam will not only benefit the site’s recreationists, but will assist the Wyoming Department of Transportation by providing road and travel information.-

The cameras at both Glendo and Boysen will provide a glimpse of current weather conditions and water levels, and in some instances, can be used to assist with search and rescue efforts.

During the summer months, the webcams will take up to five pictures every 15 minutes and broadcast them to the respective parks’ websites.

The cameras were funded by the Wyoming State Legislature.

4. Kentucky State Parks Offer April Camping Discounts

Kentucky State Parks are offering a 20 percent discount on camping reservations made for April 1-26. To get the discount, campers need to make online reservations at parks.ky.gov (look for the “reservations” tab at the top of the page). Use the promotion code APR12. Guests may also call 1-888-4KYPARK for reservations.

The Kentucky State Parks will also be offering two nights’ camping for the price of one during Camper Appreciation Weekend, April 27-28. Many parks will be holding special events for campers that weekend.

The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges—more than any other state.

The Kentucky State Parks have 31 campgrounds across the state.

5. Camping World Opening North Carolina Store

Camping World Inc. announced the March opening of a new retail location in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Camping World of Asheville will offer convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership, according to a news release. It is located in the facilities formerly occupied by Todd’s RV & Marine.

The tentative grand opening celebration is slated for March. The company is looking to hire at least 30 employees to increase their sales, service, and support needs for this local dealership.

“We look forward to having Camping World serve the Western North Carolina market,” said Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. “Our strong Carolina presence, coupled with our affiliation with NASCAR through the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, made this an easy decision.”

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience—and laughter.
—Susan M. Watkins

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