New Grant County Jail

Welcome to the Central Services "New Jail" blog, which is intended to provide general information to the public and stay up to date on the progress of the new jail.

The creator of content for this blog is the Central Services Director, Tom Gaines. I will endeavor to keep this updated often but currently have no exact timeline for posting updates. You can subscribe to the blog here and select this blog under the "blog" category. By subscribing, you will receive notifications whenever I do provide updates.

You may contact me directly at the County Courthouse, 509-754-2011 extension 3276, with questions or concerns, and I will gladly try to answer any questions one may have. It is intended to provide public information for a project that could have a significant and positive impact on the community. Members of the public are always invited to contact the elected official for their district and voice concerns if they so desire.

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May 09

Our social media lookouts

Posted on May 9, 2022 at 11:30 AM by Tom Gaines


As discussed in previous posts, we are performing survey work at the new jail site. One of these surveys is a traffic study. You will see the traffic counter across the highway near Route 282 and Walmart. We have an estimated number of trips per day to and from the new jail. We will combine this with the amount of traffic we see from the counter and collaborate with the city and the WSDOT to inform a future decision regarding a possible round-a-bout. I don't know if one will be built, but the numbers and the collaboration between the various entities who know more about this than I do will dictate that intersection's future needs (if any).

The Public should be aware that they will see survey crews near the road and maybe in areas they are not used to seeing anyone. It doesn't mean we are building anything but simply marking out the boundaries so we can effectively plan.

Those on social media have spotted the excavator on site. The purpose of the excavator is to dig test pits. These pits help us determine soil composition, which provides data on the soil and its percolation rates. This data is needed to engineer the foundations of any new buildings, understand the soil loading limitations (if any)  and deal with stormwater runoff and absorption rates.

I know this blog is not being updated that often. I am trying to update it as things progress and currently, there isn't a lot happening. Anyone with questions or concerns can reach out to me directly, and I can try to answer any questions they might have.