Donner Summit rest area reopens next week

Sun staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Caltrans is celebrating the grand reopening of the Donner Summit rest stop located on Interstate 80, near Donner Pass in Nevada County. The rest stop, which has been closed since spring 2009, underwent an extensive remodel to accommodate the more than three million visitors that use its facilities annually.According to the project, remodel upgrades include:andamp;#8226; Compliance with current Americans with Disabilities Act standards,andamp;#8226; More bathroom stalls,andamp;#8226; Heated walkways from the handicap parking to the buildings keep snow from building up and melts icy surfaces to help prevent falls; and andamp;#8226; Backup generators, well systems, and improved parking facilities with enhanced safety lighting.According to Caltrans, these new features will help improve the accessibility for individuals with disabilities, prevent closures during the stormy season and create a safer environment for night time travelers.In celebration of the project completion, Caltrans is hosting a Driver Appreciation Day, on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a ribbon cutting and speakers who were involved in various aspects of the remodel. The event is expected to draw around 500 people.For information regarding Caltrans and the GetAcross80 construction project in the Sierra region, along the I-80 corridor, visit

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