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Prison work on track

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE — While Carroll County officials hope to bring the next state prison to the Twin Counties, the one under construction outside of Independence is moving along quickly.

Despite a minor setback this summer when asbestos was found at the site, work continues and appears to be on track to meet the July 2010 opening date.

“Construction is going well,” said Virginia Department of Corrections media contact Larry Traylor.

Design plans are 100 percent complete for the $104.5 million, 252,088 square foot facility and have been submitted for building permits.

Site work continues and foundations for what will eventually be Housing Unit #4 have started.

Traylor said the naturally occurring asbestos found has been taken care of and crews still expect the prison to open by summer 2010.

According to Traylor, contractors Balfour Beatty Moseley LLC are building the foundations and installing slabs.

The project consists of four celled housing buildings; a multipurpose building including food service, programs, education space and an institutional laundry building; an administration building and a warehouse/maintenance building.

Steel cells, both modular and panelized, are being used in the construction of the facility in lieu of the traditional pre-cast cells used in the past as it presented a significant cost savings and other benefits to the project, said Traylor.

The facility will be a level 3, medium security men's facility, with 1,038 general population beds and 20 segmented beds.

The prison is expected to employ about 350 people.

The project was funded with $99 million in Virginia Public Building Authority funds, plus $1.5 million in general funds. An additional $4 million in VPBA funds was appropriated in 2008 for road construction.