Courtesy photo Pictured is DLZ's rendering of the exterior of the new Grayson County Detention Center addition as presented to the fiscal court Tuesday.

Courtesy photo

Pictured is DLZ's rendering of the exterior of the new Grayson County Detention Center addition as presented to the fiscal court Tuesday.

The project to expand the Grayson County Detention Center is back on track as officials are now looking at a May 20 start date for construction.

The addition, which will increase the jail's overall bed count by 199 and, subsequently, allow the facility to house all of its inmates on the same campus, was temporarily put on hold in November of last year after bids for the project came in at around $19.2 million, nearly $5 million higher than the original estimate.

Unwilling to burden the county with that sum, Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley and Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson requested architectural firm DLZ reduce the scope of the project to cut costs, and, this week, representatives returned with a new design for the county to review.

The addition, which will be a self-contained facility connected to the current main facility at 320 Shaw Station Rd. in Leitchfield, includes 16 10-bed dormitories, two six-bed dormitories, 25 single-bed segregation cells, and two single-bed temporary holding cells, for a total of 199 additional beds.

The new plan reduces the size of the addition by more than 10,000 square feet and removes one kitchen, one recreation yard, and one classroom where previously there were multiple of each, according to Woosley. The original design for the project had the addition at 43,674 square feet.

Additionally, designers reduced the sally port from a two-bay sally port to a one-bay sally port and removed some storage and office space, Woosley said.

These reductions bring the new estimated cost for the project to around $12.5 million, but a more accurate total will come after new bids for construction arrive on April 23.

With the bid process now underway, DLZ representatives hope construction may commence on May 20.

"I am excited to finally get this project moving along," Woosley said. "It has been a long, drawn out process, but we are finally making some headway."

Officials say the jail's new addition will allow female inmates, who are currently housed at 125 East White Oak St. in Leitchfield, to be housed on the same campus as the main Grayson County Detention Center facility, cutting down costs while also allowing the jail to hire more employees.