There is good news for travelers who use the eastbound State Route 8 Elma safety rest area in Grays Harbor County. The rest area’s portable water services, restroom facilities and RV dumping services have been restored.

The rest area’s water services were temporarily unavailable after Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews discovered water issues on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Crews have installed a temporary water pump to get the facilities operational again, however, long-term repairs are needed. This would include a new well, new pump and updated water distribution system, which are currently being prepared. The cost and timeline for the extended repairs is not available at this time. WSDOT will share this information once it becomes available. 

Travelers are reminded that previously scheduled, preventative maintenance of the rest area will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 and last through 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. During this time, the rest area will be closed. The next available safety rest area is located 30 miles east at Maytown along southbound I-5 in Thurston County.

WSDOT operates Safety Rest Areas across the state to give travelers a place to take a break before continuing their journey.

Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.