Jackson County Breaking Ground on a New Jail

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Updated: 2/10/2014 8:23 pm
After decades of trying, dirt is finally moving on the new jail in Jackson County. The site, near Kenneth Avenue and Fair Street, is now occupied with cranes, trailers, and lots of hard hats. The new jail is set to house twice as many beds as the current adult detention center, which is often severely overcrowded. The weather over the last two weeks has slightly slowed the beginning of the project, but Jackson County officials say it’s a small delay in comparison to the years it has taken to reach this point. John McKay, the Jackson County Supervisor of District 5, says, “It's been a long time coming. This has been an extended project. I've been on the board for 14 years and it actually started before I got here, so we're glad to be at this point and we’re actually breaking ground and seeing progress going and the great thing is, we're saving the taxpayers’ dollars on what was earlier estimated." The initial jail plans would have cost Jackson County taxpayers 36 million dollars. The current contract with Caddell Construction in Mobile slashes that price by 10 million dollars. The groundbreaking for the jail is scheduled for February 26th.

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