It gives me immense pleasure to introduce myself as OTE’s Chief Executive Officer. Our new venture together will begin in earnest with the advent of the New Year.
Under Senate Bill 1591, OTE and the Oregon Travel Information Council’s supervisory responsibilities extend to five additional rest areas along I-84.
The agency will also be checking the pulse of our state’s motorists to ensure their travel experience is both safe and convenient. I plan on several road trips to connect with community rest area advisory groups, sign customers, business partners and lawmakers to talk about ways to improve our service to you.
During the holiday rush, our roads and highways are more crowded. I encourage you to drive with more caution and enjoy Oregon’s phenomenal beauty. If you feel exhausted during a snow or rain-filled drive, stop at one of our rest areas for a cup of free coffee. Local non-profits serve coffee to weary travelers as part of an important highway safety program. In addition (to refueling your vehicle and your mind), why not visit one of our historical markers or heritage trees? You can even access our heritage program maps and audio tours on OTE’s mobile website.
I can’t think of a better way to explore Oregon’s communities and unique businesses than a small detour from a busy freeway. Our highway business signs help direct you to new destinations—whether you choose to visit an antique car museum or a farm-to-table eatery, it’s sure to be an experience you and your family will treasure for years to come.
Please know that my door is open to all of you,
Kyle K. Walker, CEO
Oregon Travel Experience