Heavy equipment moves earth at the site of the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center expansion Wednesday, June 19.
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(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Work has started on the expansion of the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center in Lawrenceburg.
Crews began moving dirt at the site on Monday. The project will take more than a year to complete as the expansion is added to the west side of the existing jail. Completion is expected in mid-2014, said Dearborn County Administrator Terri Randall.
Randall said an official groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 3 at 4:00 p.m. at the jail site. The public is welcome to attend.
The jail expansion will add 208 beds, almost doubling the Dearborn County jail’s capacity to 424. According to the estimations of architect Integrus Architecture, the extra space will allow the jail to remain under capacity until 2025, if the jail population grows at eight percent every five years.
There will also be separate space for work release inmates, separate entrances for visitors and inmates, and renovated sheriff’s department offices.
Late last year, Dearborn County Commissioners and County Council approved $10.4 million for the jail expansion. The cost was upped to $11.5 million last month when commissioners and council decided to fully build out the project and bids came back over budget.
During construction, the parking lot in front of the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center has been made off limits, putting parking on West High Street at a premium. The county recently demolished two buildings across from the courthouse to make room for a new parking lot, but that project has not been completed yet.