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Travelers get better break along Interstate 5

Oak Grove Rest Area's new restroom facility is three times bigger than the old one. (Oregon Department of Transportation)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Those traveling south on Interstate 5 during the holidays may have noticed some improvements in the, ahem, facilities.

There should be no more potty lines at the Oak Grove rest area north of Eugene. The stop is sporting new restrooms.

The new construction, on both the north and southbound sides of Interstate 5, triples the capacity of the buildings they replaced.

“The original restroom facilities at Oak Grove were inadequate for the amount of traffic the rest area receives,” said Daphnee Legarza, Rest Area Program Administrator for Oregon Department of Transportation. “During peak summer travel, as well as during college football season, long lines of travelers waiting to use the restrooms were common.”

In 2018, more than a half-million people used the restrooms at Oak Grove.

Funding for the project was approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2017.

A line forms outside the old restrooms at Oak Grove Rest Area near Eugene. (Oregon Department of Transportation)

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