Contractors continue trenching and installing sections of the natural gas pipeline near mile marker 29 on State Road 68 in the Río Grande Gorge, according to Tim Korte, spokesperson for New Mexico Gas Company. Earlier this week, crews started staging the area near the Bureau of Land Management's Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center for boring, which is scheduled to take place next week. Crews are taking the final steps to install a new launcher-receiver (a piece of infrastructure that joins two gas lines together) near mile marker 30.
The one-way traffic restriction on State Road 68 was expanded and now stretches from just north of Pilar to an area south of the visitors center.
Taos County sheriff's deputies and New Mexico State Police patrol officers have been stationed in the area to monitor traffic in response to motorists who have been speeding when they exit the work zone. Motorists are urged to be mindful of the safety of work crews and other drivers. Drivers should be alert, drive slowly and be ready to stop in the Pilar area.
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