The new I-5: Siskiyou Safety Rest Area and Welcome Center south of Ashland is now dried in for the season while crews continue work.
Contractor Adroit Construction has been working on the outside of the two buildings – the restrooms and the welcome center – through the summer and fall seasons. Now that the cold and wet of winter is upon us, craftsmen are working on the lobby, offices and other facilities that make up the welcome center.
“Our contractor is on track to finish the facility by the end of April,” said ODOT Project Manager Tim Fletcher.
The ongoing construction is part of the second phase of the overall project, building the Cascadia-themed facility. The first phase entailed building the I-5 ramps and the service road in and out of the facility.
When complete, Oregon Travel Experience and Travel Oregon will operate the facility to serve I-5 travelers who just crossed the Oregon-California border. California is Oregon’s biggest tourism market and most visitors come into Oregon by way of I-5.
“This new facility will help enhance and inspire the journey of those returning to Oregon or visiting our state for the first time,” said Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson.
“OUR CONTRACTOR IS ON TRACK TO FINISH THE FACILITY BY THE END OF APRIL.”
-ODOT Project Manager Tim Fletcher
The new facility is open to all traffic except commercial trucks. ODOT built new restroom facilities for the trucking industry at the Ashland Port of Entry, located between Ashland I-5 Exits 14 and 19.
ODOT closed the old rest area in 1997 for public safety, following a series of commercial truck crashes within the rest area, which was located on a steep Siskiyou Pass grade, roughly two miles south of the current location under construction.