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LEE COUNTY Jail 3 months ahead of schedule, under budget

January 8, 2019

DIXON – Work on the new Lee County Jail is another month ahead of schedule, and costs are coming in below earlier estimates.

Last month, construction at the 3-acre site at 240 E. Progress Drive was 2 months ahead of its Nov. 30 completion date, and it looks like the new law enforcement center should be finished 3 months early, around Aug. 30. Final completion is slated for September.

Overall costs also are anticipated to come in about 4 percent or 5 percent below the $18.5 million budget cap the Lee County Board put on the project, which would be somewhere between $740,000 and $925,000 under budget.

Design and build costs are on track for $16.8 million, about 6.7 percent under previous estimates.

“Unforeseen risks are always possible, but at this point in the project we feel confident that the new law enforcement center can be completed under budget,” Sheriff John Simonton said in a news release Tuesday.

The project footprint is about 41,000 square feet and will include a 94-bed jail, sheriff’s department, a sally port, space for storage, and a detention pond to alleviate flooding issues.

The building was enclosed shortly before Christmas, utility lines were installed, and temporary heat was started up, allowing for work to continue during the winter months.

Recent work done includes installing roof insulation, pouring concrete flooring and constructing masonry.

Project design and construction management is being done by Cherry Valley-based Ringland-Johnson Construction, and the project is being funded by the half percent sales tax increase county voters approved in 2017.

“Working with elected officials and staff at Lee County has been unique as all are engaged, thoughtful and keep the tax payers in mind with all key decisions,” said Brent Johnson, president and CEO of Ringland-Johnson.

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