Pipeline update Feb. 15-21


Although New Mexico Gas Company is still expecting to finish construction on a natural gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge, construction crews seem caught between a rock and a soft place.

"In contrast to the last several months of working through stretches of stubborn rock along the highway, crews are now encountering soft soil in some areas and trench boxes must be used to mitigate against a possible trench collapse," said Tim Korte, spokesperson for the gas company, the utility bankrolling the $14 million upgrade.

"Crews are working near the Taos-Rio Arriba County line in the vicinity of mile marker 24. Trenching, staging and welding continues along the highway. Motorists are reminded to slow down in the gorge. Please be prepared to stop and wait for the pilot vehicle escort through the work zone," Korte said.

Find updates from the gas company at nmgco.com, on Twitter @nmgasco or Facebook at "New Mexico Gas Co." If you have concerns about the construction, email chooks@taosnews.com.