- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A settlement has been reached between Lincoln County and contractors over the botched construction of a jail that opened in 2011.

According to the agreement, the county will keep about $273,000 it still owed Roche Constructors, general contractor for the project.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is expected to sign the agreement when it meets Monday, the North Platte Telegraph reported (http://bit.ly/1l3cAWw) Saturday.

Cracked concrete floors and a mold-riddled roof had to be replaced before the jail opened, and the county later filed a claim citing a host of other problems, including broken curbs, water leaks, debris left around the project, plugged overflow drains and outdoor sections left without landscaping that caused soil erosion problems.

Construction delays also cost the county in other ways, according to the claim. When inmates surpassed the capacity of the old jail, they had to be transported and housed at other jails at the county’s expense.

Roche filed a counterclaim, seeking outstanding payment for the work done.

A national mediation board in Minneapolis handled the claims.

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Information from: The North Platte Telegraph, http://www.nptelegraph.com

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