The first leg of construction for the $35 million, voter approved jail bond will kick off at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, January 5 at the Smith County Low Risk Facility, located at 2811 Public Rd. in Tyler.
This first phase of construction will include the relocation of Smith County kitchen and laundry facilities in order to streamline jail services. It will also include the addition of a video visitation station that will improve safety and security during the visitation process. Construction of the Low Risk Facility portion of the jail project is expected to last about 36 weeks. Construction on the downtown portion of the jail improvement plan is scheduled to begin once the Low Risk Facility portion is complete.