Rest Areas 11 & 12

Rest Areas 11 & 12 are among the most heavily trafficked in the state, and planting design solutions took into consideration the volume of visitor traffic and WisDOT maintenance challenges at every stage of the design process.

Columbia County, Wisconsin

Saiki Design worked with Mead & Hunt Engineers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to create two new rest areas along the USH 39/90/94 corridor in Columbia County. In addition to providing conceptual site planning and design for the overall layout and circulation for each site, Saiki Design was responsible for selecting site furnishings and formulating planting and seeding plans. Saiki Design also provided construction administration services over a three-year period. The design of each rest area is characterized by two parallel plazas set within the context of restored shortgrass prairies and re-created oak savannas. The prairies define the aesthetic of each rest area, and each is adorned with native flowers, grasses and trees. A network of walking paths was created to immerse travelers in an educational and restorative environment unique to Wisconsin’s Central Sands region. Additionally, the plazas host an array of site amenities to offer respite for travelers of all ages along the transportation corridor.

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