Rest area to open this month in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. – When you cross the Oregon border you will soon be greeted with a new rest area and welcome center in Ashland off I-5.

Travel Oregon and ODOT put on the rest area’s ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, June 7. While it’s not yet open to the public, it won’t be long before it’s a popular spot for travelers to take a break and learn about the state of Oregon.

“This is a great, an important gateway for Oregon’s tourism industry and we now have a center that’s going to extend the right and proper welcome to those visitors as they come up I-5,” Todd Davidson, from Travel Oregon, said.

The facility includes restrooms, picnic tables and an information hub for visitors. The northwest-inspired fire lookout facility has been in the works for more than 20 years and cost 12 million dollars.

Anna Weeks is the anchor of NBC5 News at 5 and 11 and Your Place @7 with Anna Weeks. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Originally from the Portland area, Anna loves exploring Southern Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and watching sports.
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