Dane County supervisors consider future of jail project as cost continues to rise

Posted on Dec 1, 2023 by Miron Construction

Tuesday night, members of the Dane County Board of Supervisors weighed the future of the county’s jail consolidation project.

Earlier this month, the only bid for the project came in more than $27.6 million over budget, pushing the total cost of the jail north of $207 million.

County staff members told supervisors Tuesday there are a few options on the table going forward.

The county can accept the $161 million dollar construction bid from Miron Construction and come up with the additional money to close the budget gap, it can send the project out to bid again without making any changes and hope a contractor submits a lower bit, the county can change the plan and work to build the new jail in phases or it can scrap the current design and start over.

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