Interstate 5 John C Erreca Rest Area Replacement

Project Description

This project proposes to demolish and replace the existing comfort station buildings and increase the capacity of the existing northbound (NB) and southbound (SB) facilities at the John "Chuck" (J.C.) Erreca Safety Roadside Rest Area (SRRA) in Merced County.  The upgrade will include reconstruction, expansion, and modernization of both NB and SB sides, as these facilities are deteriorating and require constant repairs due to age and overuse of amenities.


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Project Benefits


The purpose of this project is to address the aging and capacity deficiencies of comfort stations, utilities, and site elements.  Upgrades shall include complying with current ADA, Cal-OSHA requirements, and energy efficient elements as part of the California green building code.


The need is to serve the traveling public with safe and reliable stopping opportunities.  The project is needed to improve the deteriorated facilities and upgrade the rest areas to comply with current ADA standards and Cal-OSHA requirements. 


Funding Source

State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) – Safety Roadside Rest Area Rehabilitation Program.


Project Cost/Programmed

Programed Project Cost Capital $ Support $
Project Approval & Environmental Document $0 $925,000
Plans, Specifications, & Estimates $0 $3,467,000
Right of Way $0 $10,000
Construction $26,976,000 $4,965,000


Projected Cost as of November 30, 2023 Planned $ Expended $
Project Approval & Environmental Document $925,000 $882,000
Plans, Specifications, & Estimates $3,467,000 $3,390,000
Right of Way $10,000 $0
Construction $4,965,000 $3,915,000


Current Schedule

Process Date
Approved Construction Contract (M500) Winter 2022
Project Completion (M600) July 31, 2024


Project Status

The project just got approved for construction and is tentatively scheduled to start the spring of 2022.


Project Contact

Caltrans District 10 - Public Information Office
Phone: (209) 948-7977


Title VI Information

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) assures that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and Federal Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).

Caltrans will make every effort to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether they are federally funded or not, and that services and benefits are fairly distributed to all people, regardless of race, color, or national origin. In addition, Caltrans will facilitate meaningful participation in the transportation planning process in a nondiscriminatory manner.