WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) – West Smith Street in Whiteville closed at the end of December and will stay that way until construction on the new courthouse is complete.
Officials expect it to take about 18 months before the new building is finished.
Crews were supposed to start demolishing two old jails that stand on the property this week, but the work was delayed because some power lines need to be moved.
According to Town Manager Bill Clark, crews with Progress Energy can't remove the lines because they are working on storm damage in Arkansas.
Clark said it will cost the county $15 million to build the new courthouse and renovate the current building, but they are saving $10 million by building it in Whiteville. The new courthouse will provide better security as inmates won't have to enter through the main lobby.
While Clark knows the construction will cause problems for parking, he wants to remind drivers about an extra lot behind the District Attorney's Office.
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