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Emergency Updates

Posted on: May 17, 2023

NM-6 Drain Collapse


  • The NMDOT contractor that will be assessing the repairs has begun mobilizing equipment, with work expected to begin on Monday, May 22nd.  The focus remains on assessing the repairs needed to stabilize the area that has eroded.  


Please refer here for updated information.  These are the facts that we currently have: 

  • The drain near the river bridge on the northeast side of NM 6 collapsed due to erosion from the high levels of water in the ditch and river.  The bridge in Los Lunas did NOT collapse, nor sustained any failures due to this erosion.  
  • Per the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the two southern lanes are safe for operation.  Currently, the road is open, however it is down to two lanes from the original four.  Please expect traffic delays during peak times of travel. Any additional detours or closures due to repairs will be communicated to the public through all official outlets.
  • NMDOT is in the process of dewatering the site, and once that is complete a further evaluation will be completed to determine the best course of action for a permanent fix. 
  • The Village of Los Lunas does have a water main line that has been compromised during this drain collapse, however there are no residences or businesses that are affected by this.  The water has been re-routed and all customers have access to water. 

We thank you for your patience during this emergency, and we can assure you we are working to come to a quick resolve.  We caution the public on any non-official sources of information regarding this emergency and we ask that you refer to this page for official updates. 

If any further information is needed, we ask that you contact Kimberly Gallegos, Public Information Officer for the NMDOT, at (505) 639-3576 or via email at

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