Construction company gets more time on jail project proposal

DETROIT (AP) - Wayne County has agreed to give a company more time on a proposal to complete an unfinished jail in downtown Detroit.

Walsh Construction is the qualified bidder and now has until June 28 to complete its response to the county's request for proposal on the facility.

The county says Walsh wants to reevaluate programming, layout and structure.

County Executive Warren Evans says the project is "extraordinarily difficult" and that "not taking the time needed to get a quality proposal doesn't serve anyone's interests."

An estimated $151 million has been spent for construction, acquisition and design of the jail along Gratiot Avenue. Work stopped in 2013 due to the project's cost going over what was budgeted.

The jail project started under the previous county administration.

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