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Courthouse security upgrades ahead of schedule; on budget

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YAKIMA, Wash- The Yakima County Courthouse is two months into a major security upgrade and project planners say they're ahead of schedule.

In some areas, the progress is visible to the average courthouse visitor.  Over the last couple of weeks some entrances have closed and re-opened. Just last week the Second Street entrance was closed while they put in new doors. 

Soon, that Second Street entrance will be the only way for the general public to get into the building; part of the project is making the two other main entrances into emergency exits.  

"Probably towards the middle to end of July we will permanently close the North entrance (Martin Luther King Blvd.) to the courthouse. The East entrance (Second St.) is operable although it's not officially opened," says Vern Redifer, Director of Public Services for Yakima County.

The security upgrade involves installing metal detectors as well as lockers to store any items not allowed inside.

Not only is the project getting done ahead of schedule, but planners also estimate that for the most part, it's going to stay on budget.