FARMINGTON — A groundbreaking was held on Wednesday in Twin Lakes for another phase to widen U.S. Highway 491, according to a press release from the Navajo Nation Washington Office.

The expansion includes construction of two additional lanes to increase the highway from two to four lanes, drainage improvements and acceleration and deceleration lanes in high traffic areas.

Construction will take place from mile marker 15 in Twin Lakes to mile marker 36 in Naschitti.

During the ceremony, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly commended state, county, local and tribal lawmakers and officials for supporting the project, according to the press release.

Shelly highlighted the effort by state Sen. John Pinto, D-McKinley and San Juan, for advocating for funding.

The president also thanked Gov. Susana Martinez for supporting the construction and working with the tribe.

Martinez announced in March that $78 million was made available to complete the widening of the highway.