About two miles remain between the work zone for the natural gas pipeline construction along State Road 68 and Rinconada, the southernmost point of the project. Crews at that location have cleared brush to prepare for boring under the highway, according to the company's spokesperson.
"Elsewhere, staging and welding [continues] and crews are working at a good pace completed," he said, provided they do not "encounter rocky areas along [the] highway." When that happens, work has slowed while trenchers break up and remove boulders and the rocks are hauled away to a quarry, he said.
Crews will be working daily through Dec. 22, when the road will be fully reopened for the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
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