Crews respond to water main break in southeast Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A portion of Central is closed after a water main break early Wednesday morning.

The Water Authority says it will be a while until things are back to normal. The water main break is currently affecting businesses that have already endured Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction.

Around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Albuquerque Police shut down Central in both directions as a safety precaution because a sinkhole was starting to form. The closure was from Morningside to Sierra Drive just west of Washington Street.

The Water Authority says a 6-steel water line broke.

They also say those lines are from the 1940’s and 50’s and crews have made it a point to replace those to prevent breaks, but this one had yet to be replaced.

“We’re spending about $1 million a year just on replacement of old steel water lines so we’re looking to get them all replaced sometime in the future doing it gradually over the course of years,” Water Authority spokesperson David Morris said.

This is the same area where ART construction just wrapped up last week.

Crews opened the westbound lane between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m Wednesday.

Eastbound drivers are still being diverted around Montclaire Drive.

The Water Authority says once the line is fixed, the area will likely stay closed for another day or so while crews work to repair the road.

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