"The construction zone is currently near mile marker 24 with about one mile of highway work remaining to reach the south end of the project area [near Rinconada]," said Tim Korte, spokesperson for New Mexico Gas Company, the utility behind the approximately $14 million natural gas upgrade.
"We expect to finish pipeline installation by the end of February, and our objective is for everyone on the job site to remain focused each day with a heightened awareness of safety. Our managers have been emphasizing safety to crew members as we look toward the final stretch of construction on [State Road] 68," Korte said.
"Through the end of the month, crews will be trenching and excavating to install the pipeline along the highway right-of-way," he said.
The gas company also advised motorists "to slow down in the Río Grande Gorge and be prepared to stop and wait for the pilot vehicle escort through the work zone."
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