Washington state announces rest area renovation to start on Aug. 4

| 8/1/2008

Truckers traveling through Washington state may want to take note of a two-month renovation project scheduled to start on Monday, Aug. 4, at the Maytown Safety Rest Area, on Interstate 5 south of Olympia.

From Aug. 4 through Oct. 31, only portable toilets and hand sanitizer will be available for truckers to use at the site, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Another renovation project is currently underway on the northbound side of I-5 at the Scatter Creek Safety Rest Area. Truck and bus parking is still available there, but the car parking area will be closed until Aug. 27.

More than 80,000 people visit this rest area annually, according to a state DOT press release.

The release also said the rest area improvements are part of an $88 million project to add a third lane for both the northbound and southbound sides of I-5 from Grand Mountain to Maytown.

For more information about the state’s safety rest areas, including a statewide list of locations, click here.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer