- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Work is set to begin soon on a nearly $40 million jail expansion in Minot, but the number of beds in the facility could be scaled back to keep the project within its budget.

Site work for the expansion is expected to begin Nov. 16, the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1WFf4mw ) reported. The initial work came in under bid and includes concrete and steel work, and a second round of bids for remaining work is due in January.

If the project proves too costly, the building’s interior may remain unfinished but could eventually be completed later. The jail is expected to have between 70 and 100 cells.

Construction is anticipated to take about two years, with completion targeted for the end of 2018.

Adolfson and Peterson Construction, which is doing construction management, has agreed to hold the county’s costs to $37.9 million, with actual construction costs set at about $32.2 million.

“So far, everything is kind of going as planned, and that’s a good thing,” said Mark Liska, a vice president with the construction firm.

Work is expected to pause near the end of December for winter and resume in the spring, when a groundbreaking is expected to be held.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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