The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced the re-opening of the Philip S. Raine Safety Roadside Rest Areas on northbound and southbound State Route 99 just north of the city of Tipton in Tulare County.
The rest area was re-opened to the motoring public this week after the completion of construction.
Construction of this $8.5 million dollar project began in May 2011 to rehabilitate and upgrade the existing rest areas.
Work included demolition and replacement of the building structures, construction of maintenance storage and California Highway Patrol facilities, upgrade of utilities, walks, and site furnishings, upgrade of the water treatment system, upgraded electrical services and replacement of site signage.
The Philip S. Raine Safety Roadside Rest Area was originally constructed in 1965 with previous upgrades added in 1984.
These rest areas serve both northbound and southbound State Route 99 traffic.
Due to the increased use of State Route 99 and the aging facilities, the rest area was in need of rehabilitation and upgrades. Improvements necessary for compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements were also made in conjunction with this project.