TxDOT – Ward County Safety Rest Area

Ward County, TX

This project is located approximately 50 miles west of Odessa, Texas near the town of Pyote on Interstate Highway 20. The design utilizes the architectural theme from the nearby historic World War II Pyote (Rattlesnake) Bomber Training Base. The theme captures elements such as tapered concrete buttresses used in the original hangar buildings and an entrance form that simulates an air traffic control tower.

The facility serves as a place of refuge to prevent road weariness and promote safety on the highways. Interactive educational exhibit areas promote the unique local history of the area. Amenities include storm shelters, Department of Public Safety Office, vending areas, air conditioned restrooms, support areas, information center, and free WiFi .

Site improvements include private picnic arbors, walkway strolling nature trails, and a large secure World War II Bomber themed playground area. Heavy vehicle access and parking is separated from standard vehicle parking areas for safety. Full security lighting is provided over entire site. Utilities are always a challenge in remote project locations and on-site water wells provide irrigation. Although not certified, the project utilizes LEED principles and guidelines for a high-performance building in form and function. The project was completed and opened to the public in November of 2012. The official ground-breaking took place in January of 2013.

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