More money OK’d for women’s jail

The Board of Supervisors has approved an additional $2.14 million for construction management services in expanding the county women’s jail. ARCADIS of California is the contract recipient.

The project, which has been pursued for a number of years, will alleviate overcrowding. Built for 43 inmates, the facility has housed double that number on occasion.

Overcrowding concerns were raised about 14 years ago, when the county grand jury recommended the women’s jail be enlarged to accommodate a growing number of inmates.

The county started setting aside funds for a project in 2005 and was awarded a large state grant in 2008.

Of a total estimated cost of $38.7 million, state funding will cover $25.1 million, with the county picking up the remaining $13.6 million.

The county is hoping to solicit bids over the summer, award a contract in the fall and have the expansion completed by March 2016.