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Posted on: July 12, 2021

[ARCHIVED] U.S. Highway 70 Closed Due to Flooding

Flood on U.S. Highway 70

Note: As a partner with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the City of Las Cruces is sharing this information.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has closed a nine-mile portion of U.S. Highway 70 just to the east of the Las Cruces city limits due to severe flooding from heavy rains and a strong storm on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

The roadway is not expected to be reopened until late Monday July 12, 2021. Once reopened, only one lane of traffic should be expected with a reduced speed limit posted until the end of the week.

San Augustine Pass, on U.S. Highway 70 where the road crosses over the Organ Mountains, is closed from NASA Road, milepost 161, to the entrance at White Sands Missile Range, milepost 170. Crews responded Sunday night and Monday morning to clear out tons of debris and mud with heavy equipment.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is committed to the safety of the traveling public and appreciates your cooperation during this work. For updated information visit: New Mexico Department of Transportation at or call 511.

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