The Highway 46 rest area in Shandon reopened Monday morning after contractors completed major renovations, officials from Caltrans District 5 said.
Caltrans announced the initial closure of the rest area in February of this year.
At 10 a.m. on November 22, the agency reopened the rest area with a new sewage disposal system and cloud-based resource monitoring system. In addition, travelers can use a new charging station for electric vehicles.
North Highlands-based TSI Engineering was the contractor for the $ 1.1 million project.
The Gaviota rest area along Highway 101, another Caltrans District 5 project, will remain closed for continued renovations until February 2022, officials said. The $ 4.8 million project will renovate the current sewage disposal system, replace the water storage tank and pumping station, and install a cloud-based resource monitoring system. Crews will also build a new maintenance storage area and a crew room on the south side.
A $ 5.7 million rest stop project at Camp Roberts along Highway 101 in Monterey County will offer similar renovations. Upgrades will include a new sewage disposal system, cloud-based resource monitoring, a new maintenance storage area and a crew room at the northbound rest area along the route 101. The north and southbound rest areas will include new charging stations for electric vehicles. Rest areas will likely close later this year and will remain closed until the summer of 2022, officials said.
Officials say the projects are upgrading all sanitation systems to meet current codes. They aim to reduce maintenance repairs and conserve environmental resources.