Vigo County Jail construction continues to make progress

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)—Vigo County Commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday for a water main extension to be constructed on the east side of the new Vigo County Jail site.  

The new jail is scheduled to be complete by March 2022.

Construction workers have built new cement walls for the jail’s exterior. However Vigo County Sheriff, John Plasse, said there is still more work to be done.

“They have phases. They have to build the shell. They can’t enclose the shell because they still have to bring those steel cells in. They’re kinds of working from the control center out and placing those cells around in the pod design that they’re in,” he said.

The construction progress was delayed earlier this year due to weather conditions. But the jail is scheduled to be enclosed and fully roofed by the end of 2020.

Plasse said the newly constructed building will improve their work flow inside the jail.

“We’re going to come a long way once this opens and I just can’t wait until it does. We could hopefully help the people that here more than we can now with space to do programs that we just don’t have now,” Plasse concluded.

The current Vigo County Jail can hold a maximum of 268 inmates. The new jail will house close to 500 inmates.

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