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Carlsbad sinkhole to be filled

Casey Torres
August 08, 2018 06:58 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Since 2008, Carlsbad residents have known the site of a former brine well could collapse. Now, they’re glad to hear a remediation project, to fill up the giant sinkhole, will be starting in February 2019.


Roy Estrada, the manager for Southwest LP Gas Co., said he and his drivers rely on the streets on top of the collapse zone.

“We use them every day. I go deliver, and I got to use 285 every day, and we use these roads all the time,” Estrada said.

The remediation project could go on for two years. Estrada wants the sinkhole to be filled up but doesn’t want to deal with traffic issues for that long.

“A lot of problems. A lot of traffic jams, a lot of accidents. We already have a lot of accidents every day, so it’s a concern,” he said.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation sent a statement that reads in part:

“The current plan will keep all four lanes of traffic open with minimal impact to traffic in the area. The biggest adjustment will move the northbound ramp connecting US 62/180 to US 285 Loving Highway slightly to accommodate staging for the contractor.”

Estrada knows it’ll be an inconvenience and is worried the ground will collapse during construction, so he plans on avoiding the area.

“When they start drilling. I already told my drivers that we’re just going to go around,” he said.


Casey Torres

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