New Camp Roberts rest areas open on Highway 101

Old Camp Roberts rest area on Highway 101.
Old Camp Roberts rest area on Highway 101.

The new Camp Roberts Rest Areas on the northbound and southbound sides of Highway 101 opened to the public today near the San Luis Obispo and Monterey County boundary.

The new sites, about two miles apart, now feature historic displays, picnic tables, recycling containers, pet areas and new infrastructure work.

The northbound rest area near the East Garrison exit and the southbound rest area near the Bradley/Camp Roberts exit had been closed to the public since October.

Work crews upgraded the sites to comply with current Americans with Disabilities Act standards and make other improvements in the $6 million project.

The sites' previous structures were more than 40 years old didn't meet the needs of their more than 1.5 million annual users, according to Caltrans.

Construction work included demolition and replacement of existing buildings with new expanded restroom facilities, upgrades to accessible parking, new maintenance equipment storage buildings and a revitalized pedestrian core.

The southbound side also includes a small building and workshop for Caltrans maintenance personnel and a drop-in office for the CHP.

The contractor for the project was Diani Building Corp. from Santa Maria.

- Tonya Strickland