WILLISTON (AP) - Paving is under way on the final leg of a four-lane U.S. Highway 2 between this city and Minot.

The 29 miles of work should be wrapped up by the end of August, according to the state Transportation Department.

"They're moving along at a good pace," said Joel Wilt, an assistant engineer in Williston.

A four-lane U.S. 2 exists between Minot and Grand Forks. Officials in northwestern North Dakota have sought the completion of a four-lane U.S. 2 across the entire northern part of North Dakota since the early 1970s.

Four years ago, state and federal transportation officials approved 90 more miles of four-lane highway in the region, with the motto "Across the State in 2008."

A Bismarck firm is completing the last segment for $8.3 million. The total cost of the four-laning project is about $124 million.

Diane Hagan, executive director of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, said a ceremony marking the completion of the project is planned for sometime in September.

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