MONTEREY COUNTY — A construction project at the rest areas on Highway 101 near Camp Roberts has resulted in the long-term closure of both facilities.
The closure of the northbound and southbound Safety Roadside Rest Area (SRRA), which began Nov. 30, is scheduled to be in effect through September 2022.
During construction, crews will replace the 30-year old wastewater treatment system with one compliant with current codes and water quality standards.
“As part of the new infrastructure package, a water and wastewater monitoring system will permit tracking of resources and provide the ability to troubleshoot systems,” Caltrans stated in a news release Monday. “These improvements will enhance reliability, keeping the SRRA open more consistently, and allow a variety of repairs to be made remotely.”
Revamping of the landscaping will result in some downsizing of lawn areas and an irrigation meter will help promote water conservation.
This closure will also permit the construction of a break room for janitorial crews on the northbound SRRA. A break room is already in place on the southbound side, which provides a safe and healthy place for janitorial crews from a sheltered workshop to take their breaks.
“Safety Roadside Rest Areas provide opportunities for travelers to safely stop, stretch, take a nap, use the restroom, get water, check maps, place telephone calls, switch drivers, check vehicles and loads, and exercise pets,” Caltrans stated. “Rest areas reduce drowsy and distracted driving and provide a safe and convenient alternative to unsafe parking along the roadside.”
The contractor for this $4.2 million construction project is Newton Construction and Management of San Luis Obispo. The project is expected to be completed at the end of September 2022.