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News & Press

  • Rest Area janitorial and landscape contracts sought

    Call for bids

    OTE is opening a contractor bidding process for landscaping and janitorial services at three of its highway safety rest areas: Ontario (I-84 westbound), Memaloose (I-84 east and westbound), and Suncrest (I-5 southbound). All Request for Quotes (RFQs) will open on Monday, November 3, 2014 and close Monday, December 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

    Pre-bid conferences

    Each rest area will hold its own pre-bid conference to help prospective contractors with the state bidding …

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  • Big mess from a big wind John Horton rakes every inch of the front parking area on the northbound side.

    French Prairie Rest Area massive post storm cleanup

    Imagine that you own 110 acres of wooded grounds. Now imagine what happens to those trees and the undergrowth after a big storm hits. It’s a mess, right? And it requires a lot of effort and people-power to clean it up. (Make sure to visit the photo gallery below the story to see what it takes to make the site safe for travelers.)
    The …

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  • Wild Willamette winds affect travelers

    Saturday’s power outages in the lower Willamette Valley affected three of our rest areas: Santiam (north of Albany), Cabin Creek (north of Roseburg) and Gettings Creek (south of Springfield).
    The outages occurred in the early evening hours and affected I-5 motorists for approximately eight hours.
    We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. Everything is operating smoothly today, Sunday, but watch for clean-up operations as staff sweeps through downed branches and …

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  • Weatherby Rest Area temporary closure

    Weatherby Rest Area along I-84 (at Mile marker 335) will be closed for a three day period starting at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon (Tuesday, October 14th). OTE’s Weatherby Supervisor David Patton, said that asphalt will be removed and replaced in the parking areas to repair  large potholes.
    The rest are is scheduled to reopen this Thursday, October 15th by 9:00 a.m. Should there be an extension to the closure period, we …

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  • What we did today Workers install new roof

    Government Camp raises the roof

    Government Camp Rest Area is one of OTE’s most highly utilized rest stops. Snowboarders, hikers, sledders, skiers and Mt. Hood enthusiasts flock to the Hwy 26 stop in droves.
    In order to withstand heavy snow drifts, the rest area’s small A-frame rest area building requires a massive amount of maintenance. As part of OTE’s responsibility to the public, a new roof is being installed over the next …

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Oregon Travel Information Council

Oregon Travel Experience’s governing body is known as the Oregon Travel Information Council in Oregon Statute. Ten members are appointed by the governor and one position represents the Oregon Transportation Commission. Their mission is to create a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel. Find out when our governing council will meet next or review minutes from the last meeting.

Rest areas do more than revive

visitorsIf you are going to be on an Oregon highway or byway this fall, you might be curious about some of the more un-known features at our rest areas. We’ve had recent email from prospective visitors who wondered if they could sleep or set up BBQs at an Oregon rest area. Surprisingly, we have a number of rules and regulations that allow for both family and pets to have a good time when stopping. We want you to be safe, so please, don’t let weariness get to you and alter your Oregon experience. Check out some hidden gems and our rest area FAQs.

OTE expands sustainable practices

Barry Reed cleans fresh grout

Barry Reed cleans fresh grout

Would it surprise you to find out that OTE is actually mandated by the State of Oregon to “preserve the natural beauty and aesthetic features of rest areas?”

As part of our mission, we’re always on the lookout for sustainable products and ways to help conserve Oregon’s natural resources. Recently, the rest area team at Government Camp installed new water-free fixtures to help conserve our state’s water supply. Check out the story and photo gallery.

 OTE’s skilled team is ready to serve you


All of us at OTE are committed to making your Oregon highway experience a great one. From the men and women ensuring your safety at our rest areas to the people helping you navigate a highway logo sign application, OTE employees agree that customers come first.

We know what it’s like to be on the other end and traveling with our family or friends–you want where you stop to be clean and safe, and you want to find your way easily without having to search for the information. And, you expect to have a great time.

It’s a big road out there and we’re here to help. If you would like to learn more about us, our bios are posted on the OTE staff page.

Program Quick Links

The following links connect you to our main programs:

Highway Business Signs: A cost effective tool for local businesses to gain exposure along busy highways. Blue logo signs direct motorists to essential services and nearby attractions.

Rest Areas: Oregon Travel Experience supervises 20 rest areas across the state. Stop and rest, walk the dog and let the kids jump and run. See where Oregon Travel Experience’s rest areas are located and why we take your safety seriously.

Free Coffee Program: The Highway Safety Rest Area Free Coffee Program helps save lives by decreasing driver fatigue. This program is permitted by OTE and run by volunteer non-profit groups. Want to serve? For immediate information about this program, telephone 503-373-0155.

Sales Programs: From Travel Information Kiosks to TripCheck.com, Oregon Travel Experience connects you with the latest traveler information. Both businesses and motorists benefit from exposure in our travel information centers. If you want fast information about panels or brochure placement, telephone 503-373-0155.

Heritage Trees: Want to learn more about these spectacular beauties? Come visit our map and detail pages and listen to an audio tour.

Historical Markers: A venerable program handed down through the generations, Oregon’s historical markers can be the focus of a weekend family outing.

Places to Stop: Use your mobile device and check out these hidden gems. Our highway sign customers run some of the most unique businesses in Oregon. These Sunday-living styled articles can help you find the perfect place to stay, eat, or have fun.

OTE's 2012 Annual report to the Oregon Legislature

Our 2012 legislative annual report is actually a short video. We thought that reducing paper mass was a good step towards sustainable practices. If you want to learn more about why OTE was formed in 1972, some cool facts about Lady Bird Johnson's connection to our mission and how our programs work, zip on over to the movie. It's more fun than wading through 50 dry pages of division reports... we promise.

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Go on a Field Trip with OTE

It's as easy as one, two, three... just click on the Field Trip icon above, and download the app for free. It's available for Android or iOS platforms. Receive push notifications about OTE's heritage sites when you're on the road, bike, or taking a hike through your favorite Oregon city or town.