- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

SKIPPACK, Pa. (AP) - The already delayed opening of the commonwealth’s new $400 million state prison was scheduled to take place early next year, but officials say that’s not going to happen.

A spokeswoman tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/2hwgpNU ) that the Montgomery County complex will “definitely” not be opening in January.

The Skippack Township prison next to SCI-Graterford was supposed to open in November 2015, and then on Oct. 24.

State officials say they have asked the Office of Inspector General to investigate and are withholding about $9.5 million from general contractor Walsh/Heery until the project is done. The firm has been subject to late penalties of $35,000 a day for more than a year.

Brian McGinty, operations manager for the Walsh Heery partnership, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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