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Highway rest area east of Phoenix to reopen in fall

SHOW LOW, Ariz. -- A rest area between Globe and Show Low that has been closed for several years is set to reopen this fall.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said it is renovating the Salt River Canyon rest area along U.S. 60. New signs will go up, the parking lot will be paved, and the composting toilet system will be replaced.

The construction isn't expected to affect highway traffic.

The Transportation Department had shut down some rest areas across the state because of a lack of funding. Officials began setting aside money in 2011 for renovations and prioritized the projects.

The Salt River Canyon rest area will be maintained by a private entity through a partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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