New year brings changes to state welcome centers

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - As drivers prepare to head back home from the holiday weekend, they may notice changes at nine of South Carolina's welcome centers. Starting this week state budget cuts have forced the welcome centers to close down on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

"I don't think it's a good idea at all, you have drivers everyday of the week and this is the first place people stop," said Bridget Lane, who had stopped at the Little River welcome center on her way down from Delaware.

"You stop here and pickup all your brochures up, what you see, what to do you hit Myrtle Beach and South Carolina" Lane added.

The welcome centers will continue to provide services like vending machines, restrooms, and pay phones seven days a week. The cuts could save the state millions of dollars in staff costs.

"I understand from the point of taxpayers they don't want the expense of having a manned welcome center" said Wilmington resident Stephen Berger, who also stopped at the welcome center.

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