Construction begins on Glenrio Welcome Center

The Quay County Sun, based in Tucumcari, N.M., reports that construction has begun on the $7.4 million Glenrio Welcome Center on Interstate 40 near the Texas-New Mexico border.

At a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, March 21, state transportation and tourism officials unveiled plans for a hacienda-style center which will include a theater, wireless Internet service, courtyard, parking for about 150 vehicles and semis and showcase power generated from a renewable energy source. […]

The new visitor information centerwill also provide information about attractions in the area and throughout the state resulting in longer overnight stays and increased visitor spending, said Michael Cerletti, New Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism.  […]

Architect John Barton of Santa Fe said Glenrio will have four wind turbines, each about 60 feet high. […]

Construction is expected to be complete in nine months. 

I usually loathe to mention something on Interstate 40, especially since it bypassed the Route 66 town of Glenrio and turned it into a ghost town.

But the welcome center is designed to boost tourism in the region. Also, except for a primitive gravel road from Glenrio to San Jon, N.M., I-40 is unavoidable interstate.

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