To make up for delays and the time change, crews working on the natural gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge will be working Sundays and starting at 5:30 a.m. daily, according to Tim Korte, spokesperson for New Mexico Gas Company, the company behind the $14 million project.
“This allows crews to be on [State Road] 68 to start work at sunrise,” he said. Work on the pipeline moved south of the BLM Visitor Center and is currently in the narrow section of the project area. Construction includes trenching, staging, welding and installing pipeline.
Granite formations were found in some areas, slowing the overall project. When crews get to a pocket of granite, “work stops temporarily [because] the bit becomes worn down and must be replaced,” Korte said.
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