Submitted by Santiam Assistant Rest Area Supervisor Nancy Rold:
I thought it very interesting to note the volume of travelers we had through the Santiam rest area on Wednesday Thanksgiving eve. I take the traffic count every day around 9 a.m. so this is within a 24 hour period from 9 a.m. Wednesday to Thanksgiving day 9 a.m.
The count was almost 2500 people that stop to use our facility on the southbound side while northbound visitors totaled almost 2000. Within the last two days, two people locked their keys inside their cars and I was able to offer some kind of service, whether it was calling a tow company for them or staying with them until the tow company arrived.