The end is in sight, figuratively speaking anyway. Crews realigning a natural gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge "have about 1 mile remaining to reach the south end of the project area, which will complete the highway construction phase," said Tim Korte, spokesperson for New Mexico Gas Company.
"The 1-mile work zone, where a pilot vehicle is escorting motorists, is currently about a half-mile north of the Taos-Río Arriba County line," he said.
"Although trenching continues to be slowed by stretches of heavy rock along [State Road] 68, project managers were encouraged this week by limited areas, which were more favorable for excavation. If that trend continues, progress may speed up, but at this time we are still projecting to finish work on the roadway by the end of February," he said.
"As we have cautioned since the project began, motorists are advised to slow down in the Río Grande Gorge between Rinconada and Pilar," Korte said.
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