Lincoln County Jail project moves forward

Lincoln County Commissioners discuss a new upgrade for the County Jail in the works to begin construction this summer. Lincoln County Commissioners decided on a June 29th date to accept bids from contractors.
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- A new upgrade for the County Jail is in the works to begin construction this summer. Lincoln County Commissioners decided on a June 29th date to accept bids from contractors. They will be reviewing construction documents for the next week for the county jail expansion.

This $5.1 million jail project will be a 10-12 month completion. The extra week to review the documents will not slow down their timeline. The 8,500-square-foot addition will also include minor remodeling to the existing Lincoln County Detention Center space. During construction the drop box in the parking lot may need to temporarily be located, this is still being discussed.

Andrew Pitts, the Principal Architect with Treanor HL, says this will help in many ways.

"Will add about 42 new beds. It'll allow him to be able to expand his population and then also in certain conditions like now be able to move people around the jail to create isolation that he currently can't have in the facility. It will also improve his operations as people come into the facility. As you enlarge the number of beds it also increases the overall space required for booking, intake, kitchen storage," said Pitts.

They are still working out daily costs and will be bringing contractors in to tour the building June 9th. The Lincoln County Commissioners also approved the 8500 dollar renovation for the second floor court room bathroom.