After a series of delays late last year, the 6-mile construction of a natural gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge is now projected to be done by the end of February, according to Tim Korte, the spokesperson for New Mexico Gas Company, the utility behind the $14 million project.
Excavation continues to be slowed by boulders and large rocks along State Road 68.
The project was approved by the Bureau of Land Management in April and construction started in August. One-mile segments of State Road 68 have been closed throughout the project. The current work zone now spans both sides of mile marker 25, which is located about one mile north of the county line boat launch.
"We are still determining a date for the pipeline tie-in," when trucks hauling liquified natural gas will be connected to a piece of pipeline infrastructure called a "block valve" on County Road 110, Korte said. "While we don't have a firm date for the tie-in, we are projecting it will occur in mid-March after a test to confirm the integrity of the new pipeline."
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