Steuben Expands Its Jail Modular units will add almost 100 cells in renovation project. By Larry Wilson, Star-Gazette August 23, 2006 BATH, NY -— In four days this week, the Steuben County Jail outside Bath will get almost 100 new cells.
The modular cells, manufactured in Georgia, are shipped by rail to a site near the jail and transferred to flatbed trucks. The trucks deliver them one at a time to the construction site on Rumsey Street Extension, said Jail Superintendent Chris Lian.
Large cranes are used to lift the modular units from the trucks and place them into position. Each of the precast concrete units weighs about 30 tons, said Sheriff Richard Tweddell.
The new cells are part of a $16 million jail expansion and renovation that won't be complete until November 2007, Tweddell said.
"We're under budget and ahead of schedule," Tweddell said.
The new inmate housing units will increase the jail's capacity from 164 to at least 262. There's the potential for housing even more inmates because some of the units are large enough for double-bunking, Tweddell said.
The average daily inmate population at the jail is 157, Tweddell said.
Installation of the modular cell units began Monday and is scheduled to be complete by Thursday. In addition to the new cells, the project includes enclosing the jail's outdoor recreation area and renovating laundry, booking and other areas, Lian said.
Tweddell said the new housing units should be enclosed by mid-November, which will permit construction crews to work on the project throughout the winter.