Wayne County suspends new jail construction for 60 days

Wayne County suspends new jail construction for 60 days

Posted: Updated:
Tim Killeen asks a question during a special meeting of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. Tim Killeen asks a question during a special meeting of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Construction of the new Wayne County Jail will stop for 60 days because of overruns to the tune of about $100 million.

"During the last few days, there has been a fair amount of misinformation circulating about the jail project," said June Lee, chief of staff for Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

County officials tried to clarify that misinformation during a special meeting of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.

"As lay people regarding construction, most people would think if you're authorized for $300 million, you've told us you're going to spend $220 million, that will cover everything and everything meaning everything," said Commissioner Richard LeBlanc.

But everything is not known, and that is why Wayne County needs 60 days to review the project costs, as well as look at different options available, including a complete redesign of the jail, double bunking by inmates, outsourcing of services such as laundry and reducing the number of beds.

"Do we know why the general contractor didn't notice that?" asked Commissioner Tim Killeen.

The general contractor or a five member volunteer building authority that should've had oversight regarding the jail.

"The total project cost was supposed to be $300 million, and that total project cost is what's directly comparable to the $391 million figure. So it's not much better, but I just want to make sure that numbers are clear," Lee said.

What is not clear is who is responsible for the cost overruns. I would imagine we will find out within the next 60 days.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:18 GMT
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
  • Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:50 GMT
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
  • Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:14:26 GMT
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices