Courthouse construction

Work continues on the courthouse construction project.

The courthouse construction project is showing progress, with structural steel erection and continued installation of footings and structural retaining walls, Scott Simpson, county administrator, told supervisors on Monday.

Over the past 30 days, a new storm water line on Edmunds Boulevard has been completed, and grading at the commonwealth’s attorney’s building has been completed, according to Simpson.

Also complete are soil nails and shotcrete against the dirt below the north and south sides of the historic courthouse; shotcrete against the large dirt bank at Edmunds Boulevard; saw cutting at existing concrete walls and slabs around the west side of the historic courthouse; concrete walls for the southeast corner; and helical piers.

Steel erection has started at the south side of the building, and in the next 30 days, Simpson anticipates the start of construction of steel decking at the south side of the building; continued formation of concrete walls north of the east side of the building and digging and pouring of foundations.

“I’m so glad that with all the millions, they’re finally going to work,” said ED-3 Supervisor Hubert Pannell.

“I’m finally glad to see money processed the right way.”

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