Georgia reopens I-75 Welcome Center

After five months of renovations, the Georgia Welcome Center on I-75 in Ringgold has reopened to travelers, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced.

GDOT closed the 20-year-old Welcome Center last Nov. 30 and spent $825,000 remodeling it with new signage, landscaping, roof and gutter repairs, a new heating and air conditioning system, and new plumbing fixtures with automatic flush valves and motion sensors.

Also, the parking lots were repaired and re-striped, the fire alarm system was updated, wall switches were replaced with occupancy sensors, and lights were replaced with LED fixtures. Drywall and repaired and replaced where necessary, and the 10,200-square-foot building got a fresh coat of paint.

Funding for the project came from the Georgia LOGO program, which generates about $3.3 million a year from businesses that advertise their names and logos on signs placed ahead of highway interchanges.