The Arizona Department of Transportation has reopened four rest areas closed a year ago because of the state’s budget problems.
Rest areas at Bouse Wash (Interstate 10), Hassayampa (U.S. 60), Haviland (I-40) and McGuireville (I-17) are open. The total number of operational rest areas across the state is 14. ADOT reopened five rest areas this past summer.
Four additional rest areas – Mazatzal (S.R. 87), Mohawk (I-8), Parks (I-40) and Salt River Canyon (U.S. 60) – remain closed due to serious repair issues.
Rest areas were temporarily closed last October because of the state’s budget crisis and declines in transportation revenues.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.