According to CalTrans, the Lake Almanor Safety Roadside Rest Area (Highway 36, 4.3 miles east of Chester, Plumas County) will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 31. It is planned to reopen May 1. Photo submitted

CalTrans announces seasonal closures of safety roadside rest areas in Plumas and Shasta counties

If you’re making a road trip on highways in our region, beware that CalTrans is closing several roadside rest areas at the end of this month.

According to a statement from Caltrans, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31, the following District 2 Safety Roadside Rest Areas will be closed for the winter season:

  • Lake Almanor Safety Roadside Rest Area (Highway 36, 4.3 miles east of Chester, Plumas County);
  • Shingletown Safety Roadside Rest Area (Highway 44, 3 miles east of Shingletown, Shasta County);
  • Hillcrest Safety Roadside Rest Area (Highway 299, 4 miles east of Montgomery Creek, Shasta County);
  • Massack Safety Roadside Rest Area (Highway 70, 6.5 miles east of Quincy, Plumas County); and
  • Lester T. Davis Safety Roadside Rest Area (Highway 70, 3 miles east of Portola, Plumas County).

The anticipated reopening date for these rest areas is May 1, 2024.

These five facilities are closed seasonally as maintenance crews focus their time and efforts on the roadways over the winter months. Hazardous conditions from ice and snow are present in these areas during the winter season, which also can lend to plumbing issues at these facilities.

Plan accordingly for travel stops along these routes during these seasonal closures. For a list of Safety Roadside Rest Areas availability throughout the state, please visit QuickMap.