Straight River Safety Rest Area

  • Location: Owatonna, MN
  • Architect: Snow Kreilich
  • Client: Minnesota State Department of Transportation

Project Highlights

  • Rest area building replacement
  • Masonry and steel structures
  • Retaining walls


The Straight River Safety Rest Area, located south of Owatonna on Interstate 35, replaces and expands an existing rest area facility. The site accommodates several buildings including a 5,000 square foot main structure with family restrooms and an observation deck overlooking the Straight River Valley, a storage building, and two picnic pavilions. Both the main building and storage building have reinforced masonry bearing walls and steel framed roofs. The pavilions are steel framed structures. Because the site slopes down to the Straight River Valley, a series of retaining wall structures was used to maintain stability.