Flooding caused $19M damage to NM roads

Posted at: 10/09/2013 7:08 AM
By: The Associated Press

A sinkhole opened up on I-40 at To'hajilii due to heavy rainfall.
A sinkhole opened up on I-40 at To'hajilii due to heavy rainfall.
Photo: Courtesy: NMDOT

SANTA FE (AP) - New Mexico officials say recent flooding caused about $19.8 million in damage to roads.

In a briefing for a legislative panel on Tuesday, state Department of Transportation estimated it will cost about $13 million to repair state Route 159 in southwestern New Mexico.

Part of the road leading to the tiny community of Mogollon was destroyed last month after heavy rains caused flooding.

A department spokeswoman said reconstruction of two miles of the road near Mogollon will cost about $3 million and it will take $10 million to realign other parts of the road and deal with extensive erosion.

Bulldozers have created a temporary road only for local access by high clearance vehicles.

Damages totaled about $3 million to state Route 1 in Socorro County.

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