Less than a year after its closure, the rest area between Casa Grande and Phoenix has reopened.

The rest stops, which sit on eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 10 just north of Casa Grande, closed in January of this year for renovations. At the time, the closure was estimated to last six months, Arizona Daily Star archives show.

The rest stops, called the Sacaton Rest Area, are about 30 miles southeast of Phoenix.

During the renovation process, upgrades were made to the bathrooms, water lines, septic tanks, electrical and mechanical systems and paint, said officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Upgrades were also made to comply with the Americans with Disability Act, the department said. 

The renovations to the Sacaton Rest Area were part of a project that also includes the Canoa Ranch Rest Area on I-19 in Green Valley.

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The Canoa Ranch Rest Area will close on Thursday to begin similar upgrades and is estimated to reopen in six months. 

Renovations for the I-10 and I-19 rest stops cost a combined $4.3 million, ADOT said.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.