TxDOT – Hale County Safety Rest Area

Hale County, Texas

This unique project, located approximately 35 miles north of Lubbock, Texas on Interstate Highway 27, consisted of major renovations and new construction to an existing safety rest area. The facility provides a respite from driving to prevent road weariness and promote highway safety. The facilities provide educational interactive display areas, storm shelters, restrooms, Department of Public Safety Office, security office, vending, and support areas. Site improvements include private picnic arbors and landscaped garden plaza with walkways. Heavy vehicle access and parking is separated from standard vehicle areas for safety.
The average daily traffic volume potentially served by this safety rest area exceeds 15,000 vehicles providing high visibility. Materials selected provide ease of maintenance for heavy public usage. The original project received a Texas Society of Architects Design Award and the renovated facility was selected for a Design Award from Metal Architecture Magazine.

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