FARMINGTON — Commuters between Farmington and Shiprock can expect delays starting Friday.

A New Mexico Department of Transportation project to improve about three miles of U.S. Highway 64 between mile markers 24 and 27 east of Shiprock will shut down the outside lanes in each direction. The lanes will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Commuters can expect delays of up to 20 minutes, according to a press release.

The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-July.

The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph, according to the release. Traffic may be stopped on occasion to allow for construction traffic.

Transport loads are restricted to a 16-foot maximum width for the duration of the project.

For more information, contact the state Department of Transportation at 800-432-4269.