The Oregon Department of Transportation has a $5.6 million contract to an Ashland construction firm to build the two buildings of the long-awaited Interstate 5 Welcome Center.
Adroit Construction, of Ashland, was the only bidder of the two “Cascadian” style buildings, a plaza, landscaping and picnic areas for the Siskiyou Welcome Center.
ODOT went through its procedure to evaluate the bid in April and “gaveled down on Adroit’s bid award last week,” ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming wrote in an email.
He added construction should start in June.
The Siskiyou Welcome Center and Rest Area, located on an 18-acre lot on the east side of I-5 south of Crowson Road, recently saw completion of the first construction phase that included drainage, grading and paving of ramps, roadways and parking areas.
The facility will be the first permanent Welcome Center more than two decades after a Siskiyou Summit center closed in 1996 out of safety concerns.
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