CHARLESTON, WV – In response to
the United States Department of Transportation suspending its prohibition
on food trucks at federally funded rest areas, the West Virginia Division
of Highways has set guidelines allowing for food trucks at rest areas as
a temporary measure to ease the burden on truck drivers during the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Truck drivers who keep our stores supplied with the things we need are
having difficulty finding food to eat along the way,” stated Jacob
Bumgarner, P.E., Director of the WVDOH Operations Division. “Allowing
food trucks at our rest areas keeps them from having to leave the
interstate to look for something to eat. In our small towns, with the
size of the trucks, that can be very difficult. The Randolph Sheppard
Program, which provides opportunities for people who are blind or deaf,
will continue to offer snacks in the vending machines at the rest areas
and that valuable service is available as well. Food vendors will be
limited to two per rest area – in
addition to the Randolph Sheppard Program – and those meeting the
requirements on the application will be selected on a first-come,
Applications, which are available on the WVDOT's website,
should be submitted to the District Engineer
for each rest area location.
For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s
toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.