FARMINGTON — A bill assigned to the Naa’bik’íyáti’ Committee is requesting Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham name U.S. Highway 491 in honor of the late state Sen. John Pinto.
In the time that followed Pinto’s death in May, many have acknowledged him as being instrumental in advocating for and securing money to expand the highway from two to four lanes in San Juan and McKinley counties.
Pinto said he worked for more than 20 years to complete the project when it was announced in March 2014 that funding was obtained to increase the remaining portion of the highway, according to The Daily Times archives.
“He had a strong passion for that highway,” said Delegate Mark Freeland, who is sponsoring the bill, in an Aug. 9 telephone interview.