Rest for the road-weary: New facilities open near Camp Roberts

The new Camp Roberts rest areas on the northbound and southbound sides of Highway 101 opened Wednesday near the San Luis Obispo-Monterey county line.

The new sites, about two miles apart, feature historic displays, picnic tables, recycling containers, pet areas and new infrastructure. The $6 million project took 18 months to complete, according to Caltrans.

The northbound rest area near the East Garrison exit and the southbound one near the Bradley/Camp Roberts exit had been closed to the public since October for the last phase of the work.

Work crews upgraded the sites to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards and to make other improvements.

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

Construction work included demolition and replacement of existing buildings as well as expanded restrooms, upgrades to accessible parking, new maintenance equipment storage buildings and a revitalized pedestrian area.

The southbound rest area 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.