Traffic was closed on N.M. 502 for about an hour this afternoon as a crane was transported to the municipal complex site on Central Avenue.
Deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun said the road had to be closed because the transporters decided they could not bring up the crane via the truck route.
Purtymun said the road is now open in time for the commute home for lab employees.
The crane is part of the contractor's plans for setting the steel framework into place for the new, three story building. The crane will hoist the steel beams into position the last week of March.