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I-5 Siskiyou Rest Area - Welcome Center
The Latest on construction:
Looking south, beginning of northbound off-ramp (Sept. 19, 2016)
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Looking north, into the facility

Dec. 19 - Jan. 6, 2017
 INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway) MP 12, Siskiyou Rest Area-Welcome Center - Phase 1 ($6.29 million)
Phase 1 is nearly complete and much of the work in the area is on a holiday hiatus.
Weather permitting, watch for trucks entering/exiting work site throughout the project area.
This first phase focuses ramps and roads for the new facility. A second phase in 2017 will construct the rest area and welcome center buildings.

Project Location
I-5 MP 12.3-13.2 Northbound

Late 2015- 2018 

What’s ODOT going to do?

Beginning in November 2015 through 2018 ODOT will build this project in two phases. Each will be bid as separate projects.
• Stage 1, currently being constructed by Wildish Standard Paving of Eugene, will construct the drainage, grading and paving of ramps, roadway, parking area and other infrastructure.

• Stage 2 in 2017 will include the rest area and welcome center facilities as well as landscaping and picnic areas.
The facility will feature ‘Cascadia’-themed buildings, and includes the latest in sustainable features, such as ‘low flow’ restrooms, native trees, solar energy and ‘Dark Sky’ lighting. The Welcome Center will be staffed by Travel Oregon and the rest area will be maintained by ODOT. Oregon State Police will also have a worksite in the Welcome Center.

When complete, trucks will be prohibited at this site; they will be required to use the Port of Entry as a rest stop five miles to the north. Rest rooms were constructed at the POE just for this purpose.

The new facility will tie in the investments of the enhanced I-5 entryway into Oregon from California, beginning with the new ‘Welcome to Oregon’ sign, Siskiyou Rest Area/Welcome Center, and the aesthetic features and landscaping completed at Ashland exits 14 & 19, the first urban interchanges on Interstate 5 in Oregon.


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The old rest area was closed at mile post 10.2 due to serious safety concerns and several vehicle-related fatalities.

Federal Highway Administration required a new site. Sites along the corridor were scoped for suitability.

 In 2004, ODOT, Tourism and the Travel Information Council solicited requests for a public/private partnership. A site near Exit 19 was selected for consideration but was abandoned when it was determined the private sector planning issues were insurmountable. Prior to that, the existing site was purchased with help from then state Sen. Lenn Hannon (D-Ashland).


Aerial Graphic of SRAWC.jpgAfter a long land use planning process, the project was unanimously approved by the Jackson County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. It was appealed by neighbors. After many hearings, ODOT’s site plan for the Rest Area/Welcome Center was approved.

This effort also included a long process with Ashland to receive water and sewer to the facility. ODOT purchased Talent Irrigation District water rights for irrigation.


Project Costs

ODOT sought a financial commitment from Travel Oregon to pay for the Welcome Center portion of the site. The City of Medford and ODOT entered into a lease arrangement, which will be used to loan Travel Oregon their portion of funds to finance the project. The project is funded with a mixture of State and Federal funds from the gas tax as well as non-gas tax funding for the Welcome Center.

Project Fast Facts                   

Location – Interstate 5/Northbound MP 12-13       
Overall budget - $12 million                   
Construction timeline – Late 2015 – 2018


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Gary Leaming
Project Information Specialist