- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill allowing the state to issue an extra $100 million in bonds to pay for the new state prison.

The governor’s office announced the bill signing Friday afternoon.

The measure adds to authorization lawmakers gave two years ago for $470,000,000 in bonding for the new prison in Salt Lake City.

Officials say the extra money will help for road upgrades, utilities and other infrastructure needs near the new facility.

The total estimated cost of the new prison is about $650 million. It’s replacing an aging prison in Draper and is expected to be completed in 2020.

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