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Bid opening held, progress
toward new jail continues

Don Abernathy (center) reads a bid aloud as Steve Littleton logs it during a bid opening for the new Lawrence County Jail on July 27. Sheriff Jeff Yates (left) assisted with opening the bids, which was done in the courtroom of the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge.
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Gretchen Hunt

Another step toward a new Lawrence County Jail was taken on July 27 when contractors, elected officials and representatives of SouthBuild, the firm that is overseeing the construction of the facility, gathered for a bid opening on the project.

The overall project was broken down into more than 20 different bid projects, all of which were opened on July 27. Don Abernathy, construction manager, said they will have to rebid one project that did not receive a bid.

The next step is review of the bid packages to select the winning bidders or rebid if an acceptable bid was not made.

"We hope to have a proposal ready by the next Quorum Court meeting," Abernathy said.

The project remains on schedule at this time. Once bids are approved, construction should start within 30 days on what is projected to be a 17-month project.

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