Construction begins on Carbon Coal Road

Construction begins on Carbon Coal Road Main Photo

10 May 2021

Press Release

Gallup Land Partners Donates Right of Way to Spur Economic Growth

(Gallup, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Department of Transportation and McKinley County have begun a complete reconstruction of Carbon Coal Road located north of the City of Gallup, utilizing $23M in state capital outlay appropriations. To be constructed by Fisher Sand & Gravel, the four-lane road will connect the rail-served Gallup Energy Logistics Park with US Hwy 491. The intersection of US Hwy 491 and 9th Street/Chino Loop will be completely updated as part of this project, creating a highly desirable area with full utilities for future development. The High Desert Trail parking area will be moved and upgraded. Road construction is expected to be completed by December 2021, with US 491 road improvements targeted for Spring 2022.

To date, Gallup Land Partners, LLC (GLP) has donated 159 acres of real estate to McKinley County to spur economic growth in the region. The donation included the 250-foot wide right of way to pave Carbon Coal Road between US Hwy 491 and Gallup Energy Logistics Park that will save 20 miles off the round trip to the Four Corners / San Juan Basin. Gallup Energy Logistics Park is a 21,000 linear foot, BNSF-certified rail facility. The Carbon Coal Road bypass will also reduce traffic at US 491 and I-40, but also pull truck traffic away from the Mentmore residential area.

“Our belief in Gallup is reflected in our investments in the area, and we are thrilled to help develop and grow the northwest region of New Mexico,” stated Robert Roche, President, Roche Enterprises. “Our partnerships with the City of Gallup, McKinley County, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC), have been invaluable as we work together to bring greater opportunity to McKinley County.”

Since its founding, Roche Enterprises, the parent company of Gallup Land Partners, has made investments of more than $50 million (USD) in Gallup, New Mexico, with the goal of driving economic growth and development. The company also gives back to the community through civic participation and involvement in local charities that benefit local residents.

“We are thrilled that the state recognizes the importance of this infrastructure project and it is moving forward post covid,” stated Patty Lundstrom, Executive Director of the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation. “Gallup Land Partners has been a valued member of the business community since 2013, and this donation is another indication of their commitment to and partnership with the county.”