Safety Rest Area Strategic Plan
The WSDOT Safety Rest Area Program’s mission is to provide the traveling public with a safe, sustainable option for rest during road trips. To continue to meet the mission over time, WSDOT is undertaking a strategic planning effort to determine if the services and assets still meet the needs of all users, and to determine what changes are needed in the future. The Safety Rest Area Strategic Plan helps inform decisions supporting operations today and establishes the vision for the future of the program.
The Safety Rest Area Strategic Plan was last updated 14 years ago, in 2008. Since the last update, rest area users’ needs have evolved because of changing technology, social, health, environmental, and economic issues, including environmental justice and social equity.
Strategic Plan goals
- Identify short and long-term recommendations to support critical Safety Rest Area concerns such as safety, rest area condition, funding, truck parking, operations, and traveler needs.
- Evaluate existing Safety Rest Area Program including assets, purpose, and funding, identifying core focus areas, and considering any changes to operations to ensure the sustainability of the overall program. Given limited funding, it is critical that available funds are invested in the best way possible.
- Document analysis, decisions and proposed investment needed to continue to provide the traveling public with a safe, sustainable option for rest during road trips.