Santa Fe residents upset with location for proposed truck stop

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – At least 100 people in Santa Fe say a proposal for a new truck stop would ruin their town. Tuesday night, people gathered to voice their concerns.

This is the second time people showed up to say they don’t want this truck stop in their part of town — a part of town that’s not only their home but also where thousands first see the city of Santa Fe.

It’s a fight to protect what they call “the gateway to Santa Fe,” but a new proposal threatens that view, among other things.

Pilot Flying J wants to build a truck stop just off I-25 at the Cerrillos Road exit. The company held a community meeting Tuesday to talk about the at least 13 tall signs, a convenience mart, restaurant, showers and 300 truckers a day that come with that construction.

“I’m a trucker so I know what truck stops are like and I don’t want it in my neighborhood,” Vicki Word a Santa Fe neighbor said.

The meeting mostly left residents with the same concerns, saying the proposed truck stop just doesn’t “fit” in Santa Fe.

“There’ll be pollution, there will be light, everything that Santa Fe is against,” Word said.

Residents hope the county will be against it, too.

“Pilot Flying J should go somewhere else,” said another resident.

The director says the truck stop’s application will be submitted to Santa Fe County within the next month. He says it will be about two months before they present the project to the planning commission.

There’s no exact timeline on this project, but the company says if everything goes smoothly the truck stop would open late next year, or early 2019. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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