MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A $38 million jail expansion project in Ward County is set to open ahead of schedule.

The Daily News reports that a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday in Minot for the project that has been under construction since fall 2015.

The construction had a deadline of June 2018. The official completion date was Nov. 3. The opening date is Dec. 15.

Project manager Brian Kunz says the early opening is due to "good decisions that were made by everyone."

The expansion project increased jail capacity from 104 beds to 300 beds.

Public tours are scheduled for Monday from 3 to 6 p.m.

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