Caltrans Press Release 19-028

Release Date: 1/29/2019
District: 3
Contact: Raquel Borrayo
Phone: 530-634-7640

Gold Run Rest Areas Closed for System Repairs

Misuse of Waste Water Treatment System Causes Pump Failure

GOLD RUN – Caltrans instituted an emergency closure of both the eastbound and westbound Gold Run State Roadside Rest Areas (SRRA) Tuesday afternoon for repair of waste water treatment system pumps.

Public misuse of the waste water treatment system led to pump failure, which requires a closure of the rest areas until repairs to the system can be completed. Caltrans would like to remind the public that diapers, feminine products, syringes and leftover food are not appropriate items to flush down rest area toilets.

Both rest areas, which reopened in December following updates to the water delivery and waste water treatment systems, will be closed until further notice. Construction work will include repairs to the waste system treatment pumps and upgrades to the electrical system to improve operating efficiency and better accommodate foreign objects in the waste system.

During construction, motorists can access the east and westbound Donner Summit SRRAs located 36 miles east of the Gold Run SRRAs. Weather or other unexpected events may delay or prolong the repairs.

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