Good news for those on the road—more restrooms are now available at the Baldock rest area on I-5 near Wilsonville. Oregon Travel Experience rest area team members have renovated an unused restroom building shuttered for nearly a quarter of a century.
The newly refurbished restroom is located opposite the PGE solar array in the northbound rest area back parking lot. Staff replaced plumbing, fixtures, and lighting as well as applying exterior primer and paint.
Since Baldock is one of the largest rest areas in the state (and located close to Portland), thousands of visitors stream through the stop daily. The Baldock crew will sometimes need to shut down the front parking lot restrooms for cleaning or repairs—making the overflow parking area restroom a welcome addition. Commercial trucks, motorcoaches and RVs will also be able to park and use the restrooms, as extra wide and long parking slots are located within the same lot.
Visitors to the reopened restroom will also be able to view the PGE solar array (a sight not many have seen), a wide expanse of hundreds of shimmering panels. Motorists can stretch their legs along a graveled walkway peppered with colorful interpretive panels and snap photos near the large seven-acre installation.