Coors closure slows traffic on ABQ’s West Side

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Drivers are already calling it a big headache and expect it to last all weekend. A water main repair has closed part of Coors Boulevard in northwest Albuquerque Friday morning, detouring lots of drivers

Dozens of drivers stacking up near Irving and Eagle Ranch, trying to get around the closure which is on the southbound lanes of Coors between the Bypass and Irving Boulevard.

The closure started around 9 a.m. Friday and should continue through Saturday, possibly Sunday.

Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is behind it. They have to repair a leaking 16-inch water main and if they don’t do it now, the water could do even more damage to the road and pipe.

Drivers are being told to detour on to Eagle Ranch and then Irving.

The light they have to turn at though does not stay green long. And there’s a lot of drivers that need to get through since Coors is one of the main routes through the west side.

Most drivers say that the detour is adding a big delay to their drive and it’s not even rush hour.

ABCWUA is telling people to avoid the area.

“A lot of commuters use it and we know it will be an inconvenience for a lot of folks. But we’re trying to make sure most of it happens in the evening and over the weekend,” said David Morris of ABCWUA.

They say the Coors closure should be back open for Monday morning’s commute. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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