I-5 Collier Rest Area
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
I-5 Randolph E. Collier Rest Area north of Yreka
Caltrans is building and installing two charging stations and parking stalls for electric and hybrid vehicles at the Randolph E. Collier Rest Area at Exit 786 on Interstate 5 north of Yreka. The rest area is located adjacent to I-5 at the junction of State Route 96 in Siskiyou County.
The project was awarded to general contractors Cal Electro from Redding and ChargePoint who will provide the Electric Vehicle Chargers (EVC) and servicing. The project also includes lighting and roadside signs on I-5 and SR96 indicating EVC availability. Work is scheduled to begin on April 27th with four days of traffic control at the rest area.
The “Collier” Rest Area, as it is popularly known, is highly frequented by freight truck drivers, families, tourists and outdoor enthusiasts not only because it is the first public rest stop in California entering Oregon on I-5, but also for its plentiful green areas and ample parking space. Within the rest area there is the Collier Interpretative and Information Center, a volunteer-based visitor center offering information on local recreational activities.
The project is part of a directive to support Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) users, estimated to reach 5 million in California by 2030. Caltrans is installing Direct Current (DC) Fast Chargers in 37 locations across the state to encourage electric vehicle use between cities. DC chargers can restore up to 90 miles of range to an electric vehicle’s plug-in battery in roughly 30 minutes. DC chargers are also known as quick charges or level 3 chargers.