Augusta Welcome Center Closes For Renovations

Augusta Welcome Center on I-20 will shut down for renovations.

Augusta, Georgia – On Monday, the Augusta Welcome Center on I-20 will shut down for renovations. It opened in 1997 and now it is one of eight in the state being remodeled by Georgia Department of Transportation.

While everyone is starting their work week the employees of the Augusta Welcome Center off Interstate -20, won’t be going to work there on Monday.

This is the first stop for some travelers coming through the state. The budget for the project is $871-thousand dollars. Georgia Department of Transportation says no tax payer money was used to fund the project. During the renovation employees will work at other tourism centers in the area.
Employees tell WJBF News Channel 6 that they are excited about the future and improvements.

“LED lights make it a little brighter in here. The bathroom is going to get a big overhaul. The outside parking lot is going to get a overhaul. I think like I said, the biggest difference we will have is that we will have a courtyard here.” Kenny Davis, Asst. Manager of the Augusta Welcome Center, told WJBF News Channel 6.

Travelers won’t have to go far because the next rest stop about 17 miles away. Although this one will be closed for the next 110 days, if the project stays on schedule it will reopen by the end of March.

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Augusta, Georgia – On Monday, the Augusta Welcome Center on I-20 will shut down for renovations. It opened in 1997 and now it is one of eight in the state being remodeled by Georgia Department of Transportation.

News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman was at the Welcome Center on Sunday to find out what employees will do until they can return to work.

The Welcome Center and Rest Area is the first stop from people coming through the state. Georgia Department of Transportation says the budget is $871,000 for the remodeling, but no tax payer money was used to fund the project.

Augusta Welcome Center on I-20 will shut down for renovations.
Augusta Welcome Center on I-20 will shut down for renovations.

Assistant Manager Kenny Davis has worked at the Augusta Welcome Center for 8 years and for him “Georgia on my mind” is not just a slogan.

“I think one of our biggest jobs is make sure that when people do come here that we give them a great impression of what’s here. What we have to offer, some of the sight-seeing, stuff like that. We want to make them comfortable.” Davis told WJBF News Channel 6.

Cars full of travelers stop at the welcome center to use the facilities and learn about the Peach State. Some visitors say despite plans to remodel it, the rest stop looks well maintained.

“It’s one of the nice ones I’ve seen. More modern than most of the ones I’ve been through,” said a traveler Mark Dixon.

“One of the nicest other than the brand new ones in Kentucky.” Patricia Maddox, a traveler, told WJBF News Channel 6.

But the welcome center employees are excited for the much needed renovations to their building.

Augusta Welcome Center on I-20 will shut down for renovations.
Augusta Welcome Center on I-20 will shut down for renovations.

“LED lights make it a little brighter in here. The bathroom is going to get a big overhaul. The outside parking lot is going to get a overhaul. I think like I said, the biggest difference we will have is that we will have a courtyard here.” Davis said.

While the welcome center is getting a face lift, workers will relocate to different tourism centers in the area.

“Augusta has one downtown. Savannah Rapids we are going to go there. Also we have a good opportunity to go to Macon, Conyers, Covington, Athens,” said Davis.

And Davis says by seeing how other welcome centers operate, they hope to be able to give travelers an unforgettable experience of the Peach State.

The next rest stop is 17 miles away and although this one will be closed for 110-days. Georgia Department of Transportation says if the project stays on schedule it could reopen by the end of March.

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