- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Visitors to the North Dakota Capitol grounds in recent weeks have seen a flurry of activity as construction crews prepare the foundation of the new governor’s residence before winter sets in.

The project is already a few weeks ahead of schedule and is on track for completion next November, The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2fIJRhK ) reported.

North Dakota facility management director John Boyle said the goal is to have the foundation set by the end of the year so work can continue at the enclosed site through winter.

“It’s really going up fast. We’re really pleased with the progression,” Boyle said.

Mild fall temperatures since groundwork began in late September have allowed workers to make good time in preparing the site.

“They’re taking full advantage of the warmer weather,” Boyle said.

Last year, the state Legislature authorized $4 million from North Dakota’s Capitol Building Fund and $1 million from private donations to build the new residence.

Once the new residence is completed most of the existing furniture from the current residence will be moved into it. The public entrance doors from the existing residence, which was completed in 1960, will be recycled at the new residence as well.

Any items not used will go to state surplus. Agencies and political subdivisions would be given first opportunity to purchase surplus items for their offices.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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