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Sep 26, 2013 9:45 AM by AP

Opening of bids for new Allen Parish jail delayed

OBERLIN, La. (AP) - The opening of bids for construction of an $8.5 million Allen Parish jail has been delayed until Oct. 29.

Sheriff Doug Hebert III tells the American Press bids were scheduled to be opened Tuesday, but because of problems with the way the original bid was worded, the date was rescheduled.

Despite the delay, Hebert hopes to have construction of the 150-bed jail and 120-bed remand facility underway by the end of the year.

Parish officials have been working on plans for a new jail since 2002, when the existing 42-bed facility was deemed overcrowded and inadequate. Problems with funding and disputes over the location and contracts repeatedly stalled the project until earlier this year when officials began making headway on the project.

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