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Tillamook rest area is ready to serve travelers

Posted on: September 13th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in Roadways and Waysides | 3 Comments

Rest area deck helps cement public services

Story contributed by Dave Schrom, Tillamook Rest Area Supervisor

Image of Oregon Travel Experience Tillamook Rest Area ImprovementThe Tillamook Rest Area’s office deck and canopy project is heading towards completion. The new deck includes an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible ramp, including coverage for motorists who need to access the supervisor’s office in case of mechanical or other motorist services.

OTE’s office ADA ramps have become part of the accessibility model at other OTE managed rest areas. Careful thought is given to all travelers needing services, and the added canopy protects them against inclement weather.

Local Tillamook non-profit organizations will also have the opportunity to serve motorists along Highway 101 free coffee and cookies, and accept donations for their association’s community programs.

Tillamook Rest Area Supervisor David Schrom holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, and designed the deck and canopy structure. Shane Hayes, Tillamook’s assistant supervisor, is a licensed general contractor, and executed the design.

“We wanted to design and build this ourselves,” said Schrom. “We knew we could use some of the savings in labor costs to fund really high quality materials so our structure would hold up beautifully in the harsh coastal environment.”

Construction documents were prepared to facilitate competitive bidding of the needed materials. Four companies submitted bids on the materials package; two coastal suppliers and two national suppliers in the valley. The lowest bids came in from the coastal suppliers—and Rosenberg’s Building Supply, a local Tillamook company, was awarded the contract.

“Rosenberg’s winning bid made it easy to stay within our agency’s mission to strengthen local economic infrastructure,” said Hayes.”Rosenberg allowed us to handpick the very best wood they carry.

“It took a bit longer to complete than if we had hired out the labor, since we worked on it while also performing maintenance, landscaping, and public information duties,” said Schrom, “but it was worth the wait.  I also gained a real appreciation for the effort and craftsmanship required to build something really well.”

“We are currently completing the Free Coffee Program service counter and need to select some local shrubs for landscaping, but the project should be wrapped up this week,” said Hayes.  “I’m proud of the finished product – it was worth the effort.”

For those interested in participating in the highway safety break free coffee program, you can read more about it on our website.



Terri Stevens

- Comment left on: October 26th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I would like information on future opportunities available to participate in a non-profit organization program to serve
motorists along Hwy. 101 Tillamook Rest Area.
Thank you for your time!

Madeline MacGregor

- Comment left on: October 30th, 2012 at 7:47 am

Hi Terri,
Great timing! Please call us at 1-800-574-9397, and we’ll hook you up with all of the information. You can also email Sarah Flores, at sarahf@oregonte.com Sarah is our Coffee Program Coordinator.

Sarah Flores

- Comment left on: November 23rd, 2012 at 8:13 pm


I’m so excited you are interested in serving the traveling public. Please contact us as soon as you can so that I can get you information on our Free Coffee Program. I will be happy to tell you all about it.
~Sarah Flores, Free Coffee Program Coordinator

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