- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - An engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation says construction work that will widen N.C. 211 near Pinehurst will be completed in time for spectators to travel to the U.S. Open golf championships.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1nIJ1AZ ) Jim Dietrich, an assistant resident engineer with NCDOT, said the work should be complete by Thursday.

Work began in November 2011 to widen about 7.6 miles of the highway from the traffic circle in Pinehurst to West End, snarling traffic and causing hardships for area businesses.

The $29.45 million project will result in the road expanding from two lanes to four with a grass median.

Dietrich said crews worked around the clock for several days over the past few weeks to make sure the work was completed before the golf championships began.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com