Taos Project Update: Crews are now back at work after yesterday’s snow on Highway 68. We are finishing pipeline installation this weekend but the project will continue through mid-March. Motorists are advised to slow down and be prepared to stop near Rinconada.
From August 2017 through February 2018, 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