SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Construction is ongoing for the Minnehaha County Jail, but there is an end in sight for one part of the project. KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes brings us an update on the renovations.
With a growing inmate population, the Minnehaha County Jail needs to expand. That’s been the focus of this project the past few months. Now one phase of the construction is nearing completion.
“There’s really two portions of the project. The fifth floor edition which is on top of the current jail is just about completed and we should be able to occupy that sometime in August of this year,” Jeff Gromer, Minnehaha County Jail Warden, said.
The other addition won’t be ready until next summer.
“The main floor of this edition to the east is going to include an entirely new intake space which is a really big component of the jail operation so it’s going to be very nice to have a new updated intake space to work out of,” Jeff Gromer said.
Henry Carlson and JE Dunn are the local construction companies working on the job.
“I’m pleasantly surprised as to how smooth the construction process is going I think that could be attributed a lot to the time frame we put into the planning and the development of the plans,” Jeff Gromer said.
So far, Gromer says delays and interruptions have been fairly minimal.
“As the construction continues we’re going to have to attach everything and that’s going to cause some operational interruptions or complexities but I don’t envision that it’s going to be too difficult to manage,” Jeff Gromer said.
The expansion is expected to add 320 beds to the Minnehaha County jail once it’s complete.