Arizona to spend nearly $4 million to help truckers find safe parking

While other states are making life tougher on truckers, this is nice to see.

Truck Parking

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is moving fast on a new project to increase truck parking along I-40.

On April 29, ADOT announced that they had “fast-tracked” a project to add 38 truck parking spaces to the Haviland Rest Area located on I-40 west of Kingsman.

The project will add 22 truck parking spaces to the existing seven spaces at the eastbound rest area and 16 spaces to the existing seven spaces at the westbound rest area.

ADOT says that the $3.98 million project has been deemed an emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Crews will start work on the project next week and finish by July. The Haviland Rest Area will remain open and available to truckers during the construction process.

“This project helps everyone get safely home by making it easier for long-haul truck drivers to get the rest they need while they support our communities,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said.

This isn’t the first time that ADOT has gone out of their way to accommodate truckers during the pandemic. They also temporarily reopened the Parks Rest Area along I-40 at mile marker 182 and the Christensen Rest Area on I-17 at mile marker 324 to provide more truck parking options for truckers during the pandemic. Both locations had been closed for more than a decade.