ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Drivers are advised to avoid Eagle Ranch Road from Irving Boulevard to Agate Hills for the next several days as crews repair extensive damage caused by a water main break. While there there is one lane open in both directions, there may be diversions and backups.
The water main broke around 5 a.m. Wednesday at Irving and Eagle Ranch with water gushing all over the roads and flowing onto Coors.
As of 8 a.m., crews successfully isolated the leak and restored water service to several hundred customers whose service was interrupted.
The break caused a giant sinkhole at least six feet deep and made northbound and southbound driving impossible on part of Eagle Ranch Road for a few hours.
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority will survey the damage and make repairs to the water main and the road. They do know water washed away about 50 feet of the road and the dirt underneath it.
“Well, the pipe itself still has to be repaired and that will probably take ’til late this afternoon, and then the road obviously has been severely damaged,” said David Morris, spokesman for the Water Authority. “We have the excavation out there, so traffic issues are going to continue out there for the next several days.”
Officials say the break was caused by a simple equipment failure, which is common when equipment is around 40 years old or more.