ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Northbound Coors Bypass near Ellison was shut down Thursday morning after a water main break caused flooding and sinkhole in the area.
Around 3:30 a.m., the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority discovered a leak near Coors and Ellison, which turned out to be a broken water main.
A twelve-inch line broke and water began leaking underneath the pavement, creating a sinkhole. Crews have been out all morning working on repairs. So far, there are no reports of anyone being out of water.
People living in the area say it’s frustrating but are hopeful workers will resolve the problem quickly. “We all hate dealing with traffic, but you know it’s only temporary, they’re going to get that thing up and running as soon as possible,” said Redolfo Chavez.
The water authority is in the middle of a long-term effort to reinvest in infrastructure for the water and sewer system to avoid breaks like this one – but sometimes it can’t be avoided.
David Morris, who works with the water authority shared, “We’re seeing some positive results, but we still, from time to time, obviously we’re gonna, find something that we didn’t get to before it aged out.”
Northbound Coors near Ellison is still closed. Drivers are advised to seek an alternate route. According to the agency – people can expect the closure for at least a couple days, as crews work to repair the pipe, backfill the sinkhole and repave everything.
The water authority is trying to replace more than 100 miles of water and sewer lines that are more than 50 years old, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.