I-75 Northbound Rest Area Hillsborough County

Florida Department of Transportation District 7
Hillsborough County, Florida

Project Description

This rest area is an innovative, inspired, and safe recreational amenity available to the millions of travelers along Florida’s interstate system. The highest level of safety and security is essential to the architecture and site designs, driven by the multi-disciplinary approach and principles of “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design” (CPTED). All building entrances, public amenities, and parking areas are located within clear sightlines from the Security Office. Minimizing hiding places, abundant lighting levels at pedestrian areas, efficient parking layouts, locations of amenities, and a careful selection of landscape & hardscape materials support this overall concept of safety.


  • Efficient Layout- Two restroom wings, one for both Men and Women with a “straight shot” approach. This allows for simplification of design, which allows for featuring convenient access for maintenance through an oversized chase, running the length of each restroom wing.
  • Security – Centralized security office giving panoramic views of the entire site.
  • Play Area – Open play area with various size berms creates safe and dynamic space for children to play.

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