WHITEWATER, Calif.- - Update: The Whitewater rest area has reopened ahead of schedule according to Cal Trans. The rest area was opened up to the public once again at 2:30. Cal Trans originally projected that the repairs would keep the rest area shut down until Friday.
The Whitewater rest area, which reopened after an extended closure just 17 days ago, is closed once again according to the California Highway Patrol. The rest area just off Interstate-10 in Whitewater last closed on December 26 while water pump repairs were conducted.
Both the westbound and eastbound rest areas were closed a 2:44 p.m. due to "water leak issues." However, the closure is apparently not water pump related, according to Terri Kasinga of the California Department of Transportation.
"We have a leak in her water lines. Different issue than the well and pump," wrote Kasinga. "We are getting parts now and should have the repairs done and reopened by Friday. "
The seemingly cursed rest area's reopening came as a major relief to those traversing I-10, particularly truckers.
"A couple of days ago, I was feeling really, really feeling sleepy," said Carlos Garcia, a truck driver making the haul from Phoenix to Los Angeles."And I wanted to rest, but it's closed here. I cannot rest beside the freeway because highway patrol will give you a ticket."
This is the rest area's 16th closure since September of 2015.