Lampasas: Contractor walks with new jail 90% finished

Construction of Lampasas County’s new jail will be delayed by four to six months after the company behind the project, Krueger Construction, defaulted. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)
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LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Construction of Lampasas County’s new jail will be delayed by four to six months after the company behind the project, Krueger Construction, defaulted with about 60 days of work left to complete, County Judge Randy Hoyer said Wednesday.

The Victoria Advocate reported last month the company has closed.

Hoyer says that the delay is only a minor inconvenience.

"The key concern is we want to ensure that the final project is a good, quality building," he said.

"We'll be increasing our jail capacity from 36 beds to 112 beds, so it's important to make sure that everything is done correctly. This is going to be a building that will be in operation for 50 to 75 years."

The Travelers Companies, Inc., which provides insurance for the county, will be in charge of finding a new contractor and investigating claims that the subcontractors haven't been paid.

Hoyer emphasized that the more than $15 million construction contract, which dates back to March of 2018, shouldn't cost county taxpayers any additional money.

As of now, the county is housing 20 to 30 prisoners at facilities in neighboring counties because of the lack of beds in the current jail.