Building the planned Love’s Travel Center in Millersburg is taking longer than anticipated. That’s the word I got when I checked with City Hall this week after taking a look at the site on Old Salem Road.
It takes a while to get legions of ODOT officials to sign off on the details of work on the highway system, which explains why nothing has yet happened on construction of a Love’s truck stop in Millersburg. But the wait is due to end next month.
It’s all set now: The Millersburg City Council has approved an agreement paving the way for Love’s to build its planned truck stop, and the Oregon Department of Transportation’s appeal blocking the project has been withdrawn.
As expected, Love’s has met the concerns of Oregon transportation officials and will get the green light to build its truck stop off I-5 when the Millersburg City Council approves a development agreement on Feb. 28.
State highway officials want a new analysis of how the planned Love’s truck stop would affect the south Jefferson interchange on I-5. Either that, or they want Love’s to construct road improvements now or agree to share in the costs of future signals at the I-5 ramps.
Unless there’s an appeal by opponents or some other hitch, the mid-valley will likely have a new truck stop just north of Albany before the year is out. The Millersburg Planning Commission approved the site plan for a “Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store” on Tuesday night.