One hundred and ninety-two cars were counted at Petrie Park one Sunday, evidence of their high level of patronage. The following year, the Petrie and Burpengary parks were considered to have reached their carrying capacity on weekends. Main Road's provision of rest areas expanded as their popularity grew. The Main Roads Annual Report noted the constant use of areas and their "extreme" popularity, especially with interstate and long- distance travellers.
By a "fairly comfortable" journey could be made from Brisbane to Cairns in five days.
The report also drew attention to the positive effects of the areas after a number of years of observation. Drivers were using the areas for breaks during hot weather "thereby increasing their driving efficiency". There was less roadside grassfires and littering. At a national conference of State Road Authorities, other states expressed their interest in Queensland's development of off the road areas, as they were considered to have had made the most progress in this field. The types of land used for these rest areas were divided into four categories; areas severed by resumptions for road works, considered too small to add to adjoining properties purchased by the state; land resumed for road widening, suitable areas on creek and river banks and suitable areas where fine views could be obtained.
Amenities available for travellers at areas were dependent on their size. Smaller areas offered a table and seat and a fireplace, sufficient to stop, eat, drink and continue. Larger areas provided tables and seats in the open and under "rustic" shelters, fireplaces, water tanks unless on creeks , "swinging" rubbish bins and toilets.
A number of areas were extensively planted with trees to make them more attractive.
Rest areas rapidly became a popular roadside accommodation option for a growing type of motorist, the caravan tourist. While caravans were appearing on North Coast resorts by the late s, it wasn't until the s that numbers increased substantially. In the early s, relatively few sites in Queensland offered the infrastructure considered as necessary to accommodate caravanning needs.
In , the Nambour Chronicle commented on the lack of caravan parks, noting "several rest areas throughout the North Coast have gone a long way as substitutes" and are well patronised'. Photographic evidence from shows that the Paynter's Creek Rest Area was used by caravanners. By , there were increasing numbers of caravans seen on Queensland roads, mostly originating from Victoria and New South Wales.
At this time there were 2, registered caravans in Queensland. The basic facilities at rest areas combined with the relative self-sufficiency of caravans meant the need to stay in a town could be avoided. The high usage of particular rest areas by caravans by led Main Roads to restrict stays to 48 hours to ensure facilities were available for casual users.
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High use of rest areas led to continual maintenance, undertaken by Main Roads gangs and in some instances local authorities. At Paynter's Creek in toilet and rubbish facilities were on site and new tree plantings were also in evidence. A on 27 July , noted that the Main Roads Department cleared and prepared the site for the memorial "which will later be developed as a Rest Area, thus providing an amenity for road travellers at a place of great historical interest to Queensland".
Bruce, the Minister for Works on 15 December and was the site of a cairn and plaque erected in commemoration of this event in Between and an ongoing reconstruction of the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Nambour was undertaken. A "spectacular" increase in traffic between Nambour and Brisbane occurred during this period, with volumes three to four times figures.
Filter reviews. California's current policy is to maintain existing public rest areas but no longer build new ones, due to the cost and difficulty of keeping them safe, although many California rest stops now feature highway patrol quarters. Traveler rating. This page location is:. Iwate Prefecture, ruled as separate northern and southern domains by samurai families until the s, has distinct historic and cultural heritage in each region. Some lay-bys have parking restrictions to prevent lorries using them as overnight parking, or as a long term storage area for trailers, and some have been permanently closed off by councils because of problems caused by their occupation by Irish Travellers or other itinerants.
A number of new concrete bridges and realignments were completed and a major bypass was completed between Burpengary and Beerburrum. A four lane section of roadway was built between Paynter's Creek Bridge and the Maroochydore turn-off and the townships of Beerwah , Glass House Mountains and Eumundi were bypassed between and From its beginnings in as a virtual service road to North Coast resorts, the Bruce Highway had by the s become increasingly oriented to through traffic heading north.
By there were Main Roads rest areas in Queensland. A progressive upgrading of roadside amenities was initiated. New structures were planned for several areas and additional sites were under consideration. Three acres was deemed an acceptable minimum size, while design features needed to be flexible to respond to variable topography and environmental conditions throughout the state. Main Roads considered the most important facilities to be septic toilet blocks, water supply and covered rubbish bins. Upgrading of rest areas gradually continued throughout the s and early s.
Main Roads further developed policies to deal with rest area establishment and the implications of increasing demand and usage of these places.
Information was gathered to determine rest area characteristics to assist their development to a standard sufficient to attract motorists to pull off the road for rest and relaxation. The hour restriction introduced in remained in place in , except in some local shires that forbade overnight stays. In Main Roads distributed its first brochure detailing rest area locations and facilities available on principal roads throughout Queensland.
Between and the mids the old Bruce Highway route between the Beerburrum exit and Cooroy was progressively replaced. By the four-lane roadway between the turn-offs to Beerburrum and Caloundra was completed. Construction extended northward eventually by-passing Nambour, Yandina and Cooroy.
The original sections of the highway between the Beerburrum and Caloundra exits and Tanawha -Forest Glen have since become tourist drives, a return to their original designation. Service station food courts and "Driver Reviver" outlets operating in holiday periods now provide the only opportunities for roadside breaks on the current alignment of the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Gympie.
While the old highway no longer carries the same volume of traffic, the rest areas along the route remain well patronised. While up-dating of facilities has occurred at rest areas, the Main Roads rationale for their provision has remained much the same since the early s. Rate This Book. Currently 2. Current Rating: 2. Buy This Book Now. Bookies are here! Write your own book. Share your story.
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Write when you have a few minutes. With the introduction of the Interstate Highway System in , this new system standardized highway design coast-to-coast, making all roads across the country perfectly uniform, right down to the thickness of the asphalt and the width of the double yellow line. The one design element that stayed with the jurisdiction of the states was their rest area design.
It was a state's chance to make an impression on travelers. Rest areas were designed to be unique and provide a window into local regions as motorists pass thru them. Developers designed shelters in forms that drew on regional imagery such as teepees, wagon wheels and windmills and designed buildings that reflected the architectural heritage of indigenous people.
Upon hitting the road and having this knowledge, it was really fun to in fact see how each one really was different from the previous.
It was fun to feel that anticipation and mystery of what the next one down the road would look like. This sounds cheesy, but almost all of them are special in some way. So much thought went into the design of these things, from the architecture, down to the small details such as BBQ grills in the shape of Texas, or birdhouses with the state flag painted on the side.
I definitely do have my favorites though. White Sands, New Mexico, was probably the most amazing. The picnic tables there are iconic, straight out of the '60s, and the landscape is like no place else on earth. It was a hot summer day at sunset when we were shooting, and a thunderstorm had just rolled through, so hardly anyone was around. There are still a decent amount of people that stop to use the restroom at some of the stops along the big interstates, but hardly anyone uses the roadside tables, or the picnic areas without a bathroom, other than the occasional trucker to pull over and take a nap.
While shooting this project, we used a lot of these rest stops.
We brought along food in an ice chest and picnicked at a few of them and it was really fun. It was often really peaceful, as there was no one around, and as you can see from the photographs, the picnic tables are often placed in really scenic locations, so it was a beautiful place for a picnic. Some of the tables were placed really far back from the road, and far apart, so each little site had a good amount of privacy, almost like your own little campsite.
I am also surprised how fast they're disappearing. As I drive around Texas and the southwest on various trips, I almost always come upon a recently closed or demolished rest stop.