Jefferson County Jail Project Bids To Be Opened August 4

Jefferson County Flag LogoBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Bids will be opened at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, for contractors in the Jefferson County Jail renovation project.

The bids will be opened at the office of the Jefferson County Commissioners.

Jefferson County Director of Community Development Bill Setree said everything is currently on schedule for the estimated $10 million project, which will take about 18 to 19 months to complete once work begins.

The county must hire four separate contractors – a general contractor, a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractor, an electrician, and a plumber – to perform the work.

“The county will accept the lowest responsible bid for each of these roles,” Setree said.

The project encompasses two phases. First, a new addition will be constructed. This will allow the county to move inmates from existing modular units, which will then be demolished.

“This is expected to take 8 to 10 months and represents about $7.8 million of the cost,” Setree said.

This will allow for the second phase of new construction to take place in the spot where the modular units had been.

The original jail was built for 135 inmates, but with the expansion, Setree said the fully constructed facility should be able to house about 243 inmates.

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