FARMINGTON — Portions of the Bloomfield Highway in Farmington are expected to remain closed tonight due to construction crews causing a gas line break.

Crews working along the Bloomfield Highway/N.M. Highway 64 just east of the Rimrock Lodge broke a gas line around 9 a.m. today, according to Lt. Casey Malone of the Farmington Police Department. 

The gas line is about 8 inches in diameter and has about 250 pounds per square inch of pressure, Malone said.

Farmington police initially shut down traffic on the highway between South Dustin Avenue and Browning Parkway as a safety precaution.

Police later split the eastbound lanes to allow one lane of east and westbound traffic along the highway between Riverstone Road and Don Rovin Lane.

The westbound lanes of the highway will likely remain closed tonight through Friday afternoon, Malone said. He said the city hopes to reopen the highway Friday night.

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