Construction of the new Clay County jail will ceremonially begin July 6, with a groundbreaking ceremony to be held after the County Commissioners meeting. The groundbreaking, which signals the end of the long, involved planning phase of the jail, will precede actual construction by roughly two weeks, depending on weather.
Terre Haute-based Hannig Construction will build the structure on a budget of $10,396,000. The price includes four pieces of optional work. This figure could change, however, as other pieces of alternate work can be decided on and carried out months into construction. With all alternates included, Hannig's bid comes to $10,646,000.
The project will take approximately 18 months to complete.
The new jail will be capable of holding 156 inmates. This figure is over triple that of the current jail, which has a capacity of 43. More inmates can be kept in the current jail, however, if need be.
Hannig has experience building jails, having constructed Parke County's. Commissioner Daryl Andrews said the company completed that project "on budget and before deadline," a fact the county found attractive when reviewing perspective clients.
The jail will be built off of Jackson Street, directly across from the courthouse.
"We are looking forward to beginning construction," Andrews said. "And we will continue to press Hannig Construction to be under budget and on schedule."