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New Calaveras County Jail rising

The new Calaveras County Jail and Sheriff’s Office buildings are about three-quarters of the way complete, according to a project manager.

At the end of February, the jail reached 72 percent completion and work continues each day, according to Ron Rhodes, who represents the construction management firm Kitchell CEM, contracted by the county to oversee the $59 million project.


Delays on the new courthouse under way next door have pushed the completion date on that building back to Oct. 20 from Sept. 30, Rhodes told the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The jail and Sheriff’s Office project is within budget and scheduled for completion on June 18. Builder Flintco Pacific is about three weeks behind schedule but is looking to overcome delays and increased shift work this month, Rhodes said.

The buildings are projected to be occupied Sept. 24 and the old jail demolished in December with a full completion of the project slated for Dec. 29.

Cell door frames are now in place, Rhodes said, and the Sheriff’s Office roofing is “essentially complete.”

He reported all but about $11 million budgeted for the project has been spent thus far.

More than $30 million for the jail and Sheriff’s Office project is collected from sale of bonds approved by Measure J voters in 2007. 

An additional $26.4 million comes from Assembly Bill 900 funds allocated by the state with the remainder largely accumulated interest and payments from the courts for shared infrastructure on the adjacent projects.

Tuolumne County is also seeking AB 900 funds for construction of a new jail. The county missed out on the latest round of state funding but is first in line if another county forfeits its grant dollars because it is unable to use them. 

The jail would replace an outdated downtown facility and join a new courthouse, sheriff’s office and juvenile detention center at the new Law and Justice Center site on Old Wards Ferry Road.

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