Lee County Jail construction three months ahead of schedule, under budget

Courtesy: Lee County Sheriff's Office
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LEE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- A new law enforcement center in Lee County could open three months ahead of schedule and under budget.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says the building has been under construction since July 16, 2018. Sheriffs say the building is now "under roof" and crews expect to add the finishing touches by Sept. 20, 2019.

The construction firm, Ringland Johnson Construction expects the building would be substantially complete by Aug. 30, 2019, three months ahead of schedule from its original deadline.

While the new jail was expected to cost $18.5 million, sheriffs anticipate the building's construction costs could fall to $16.8 million, around 7 percent short of the initial budget.

Lee County's current jail was built in 1970. Sheriffs told 23 News in previous coverage​ they needed a change from the current buildings plumbing and structural problems.

The new law enforcement center could hold around 100 inmates. The building is located on Progress Drive near the Reagan Transit Center in Dixon.