SANTA FE, N.M. — A utility company will be realigning a six-mile stretch of natural gas pipeline along New Mexico State Road 68, causing traffic delays in the height of the Rio Grande tourist season.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported ( ) Wednesday New Mexico Gas Co. plans to spend $14 million relocating pipeline from what has proven to be a geologically unstable route along the west side of the Rio Grande to a new alignment on the N.M. 68 right of way east of the river.

Gas company spokesman Tim Korte says motorists might experience delays of 15-30 minutes during the construction period.

Construction is scheduled to begin Aug. 1 and will run through November.