Here is our current construction and road closure plan:
- We will work through Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and resume construction on Monday, November 27, 2017. The highway will be fully reopened before crews leave for Thanksgiving.
- Traffic restrictions will be restored on Monday, November 27. We will then work through Thursday, December 21, 2017.
- Whether the project is completed or not, we will have the barriers removed and the road fully reopened by noon on Friday, December 22, 2017. We will leave the road open at least through Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
- If the project is not completed by December 22, we will work with NMDOT to determine the schedule for returning to finish construction.
Taos Project Update: Today crews are removing concrete barriers near Mile Marker 27 to fully reopen Highway 68 for the 4-day #Thanksgiving holiday. Please slow down between Rinconada and Pilar.
From August through November 2017, New Mexico Gas Company will realign a 6-mile stretch of natural gas pipeline in the Rio Grande Gorge. A new pipeline will be installed in the right-of-way along New Mexico 68.
The existing pipeline is at risk because of shifting soils. Three landslide areas are impacting the pipeline on the west side of the Rio Grande between Rinconada and Pilar. The existing pipeline must be readjusted periodically to ensure that natural gas is safely delivered to homes and businesses in Taos County. Relocating the pipeline will improve the reliability of service for about 16,000 customers in Taos, Questa and Red River. No service interruptions are anticipated during construction.
New Mexico Gas Company has worked with the New Mexico Department of Transportation on a traffic control plan. Pilot cars will lead motorists through a restricted one-way construction work zone. Northbound traffic will be stopped while a pilot car leads southbound motorists through the work zone. After that, southbound traffic will be stopped and a pilot car will escort northbound motorists. The pilot cars will operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week from August 1 until the project is completed.
Traffic updates will be posted on our social media sites. Please check @NMGasCo on Twitter