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Wayne County to test structural condition of unfinished jail

Sep 28, 2016

Credit Wayne County / via Wayne County

The structural condition of an unfinished county jail in downtown Detroit will be assessed as part of plans to complete the project.

Wayne County officials expect the assessment to be completed by late November.

An estimated $151 million has been spent for acquisition and design of the jail along Gratiot Avenue. Work stopped in 2013 due to the project's cost going over what was budgeted.

The uncompleted project costs the County about $1.29 million each month in bond interest and other costs like security and storage, according to a County spokesperson.

County Executive Warren Evans says the site "remains the most cost and time effective option for the jail" and that the county needs "to be able to recruit the best possible design-build contractors to complete" the project.

The jail project started under the previous county administration.