Flying J readying site for construction

By QCS Staff

For the next 10 days trucks will be dumping about 80,000 tons of dirt at the site of the New Flying J truck stop, said Ryck Voisard, construction manager for the Flying J company.

At 20 tons per truckload, that’s 4,000 runs of dirt that will be used to fill the site at the Mountain Road exit on I-40, Voisard said.

“We need to build up the site, so it’s more of a beacon from the highway,” Voisard said.

The site will also be a bright light for job seekers in Tucumcari. The truck stop will be open 24-7 and an estimated 100 workers will be needed to operate the stop, Voisard said.

The truck plaza will cost about $6 million and will have about 16,000 square feet of covered space.

Some of the features of the truck plaza will include 14 diesel pumps, six gas pumps, between 150 and 180 truck stalls, 50 car stalls. Amenities for truckers will include nine showers and a trucker’s lounge area. There will also be three restaurants, Pepperoni’s Pizza, Country Market and Magic Dragon, a Chinese restaurant. Restaurant seating will accommodate about 120 diners and fast food dining about 60.

“We try to hire local whenever we can,” said Voisard. Two local companies working at the site include Pacheco Trucking and Construction Co. and Marty’s Roofing and Construction, he said.

Construction began in late February at the site and is scheduled for completion in August, Voisard said.