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Published April 27 2012

Frame goes up for skywalk across 10th Street South

FARGO – With the frame of a skyway over 10th Street South starting to take shape, the new addition to the Cass County Courthouse is one step closer to completion.

County Administrator Keith Berndt said Friday that work on the $14.7 million facility remains on schedule, with most construction expected to be completed in late May or early June.

However, Berndt said staff won’t be moving into the addition until early September, in part because of the time needed to install new security systems.

The skyway, which went up earlier this week, will be a “huge improvement” for staff, Berndt said, in that it’ll make it easier to pass back and forth between the new facility and the county annex.

“It’ll be a significant safety enhancement that we won’t have people running across 10th Street between facilities,” he said.

Despite hiccups that arose during construction, including issues in 2010 with asbestos abatement and concerns about soil stability, and a skyway design oversight last October, Berndt said the process still remains within budget.

“It’s been exceptionally good that way, as far as staying within budget,” he said.

Berndt said the new addition is going to be a definite upgrade over the more than 100-year-old courthouse.

“It’s going to be a much more modern court facility,” he said.

Secondary work on landscaping and parking lots, along with the completion of the exterior of the building, will continue throughout summer, he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535

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