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The building of the Warm Spring's Plateau Travel Center was one of the top stories of 2017.

HOLLY GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The sign goes up on the new truck stop in north Madras.The No. 5 story of 2017 is the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs' Plateau Travel Center, which is taking shape at the Madras Industrial Site.

Contractor Kirby Nagelhout Construction broke ground April 21 on the 13,500-square-foot, $8.5 million project, which includes a 3,000-square-foot convenience store, deli, 70-seat restaurant, gaming area with about 30 Class II slot machines, public restrooms, four showers, and laundry facilities for travelers.

The fully enclosed facility is located on a 10.45-acre site on Cherry Lane, just west of U.S. Highway 26. The tribes purchased the property in July 1977, and placed it in trust for the tribes. It was annexed into the Madras city limits in 2004, along with the rest of the industrial site.

According to Chris Neumaier, project manager for Kirby Nagelhout, the project is expected to be finished in mid-February. Gas pumps are in for both automobiles and trucks, paving has been completed, and the sign is up on the outside.

The truck stop has four entrances: the main entrance into the convenience store on the north side, near the auto-fueling stations; a second entrance to the store on the east side, near the truck-fueling stations; a third on the west side to access the restaurant; and a fourth on the south side of the building, near the parking for semitrucks.

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