CONNELL, Wash. - Construction crews reached a milestone Wednesday at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center expansion project.
A crane dropped in the final set of prison cells for the medium security wing.
Construction is now 2/3 complete, and is roughly six weeks ahead of schedule.
Crews said they are glad to finally have all the cells in place.
"Getting through these cells, they get heavy, approximately 60,000 lbs. Getting it in place puts us on the homeward stretch," said Louis LaVe, Central Pre-Mix Prestress of Oldcastle.
Project workers put their signatures on the final piece, and they carried on a Scandinavian tradition of topping it with a tree to ward off evil spirits.
Once finished the expansion will house an extra 2,000 inmates.