New Huntsville-Madison Co. jail nears finish

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The long-delayed Huntsville-Madison
County Jail project is set to be complete by the end of the month.

Huntsville general services director Jeff Easter told city council Thursday that he expects to have a certificate of occupancy for the 1,000-bed facility by Dec. 31.

The expansion has been under way since 2002, when city and
county officials agreed to create a joint correctional facility.

The project was delayed two years when the architect and general
contractor were fired over construction problems.

The delay made the cost grow from $29 million to $70 million.

City and county officials are hoping to save taxpayer dollars over time by eliminating duplicate jail administration and facilities.

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