BENTON – Demolition work is set to begin within the next week on the former Franklin County Courthouse in Benton.
Franklin County Board Chairman Randall Crocker said Tuesday the asbestos abatement project at the courthouse is being completed, signed off on and approved with demolition.
Shafer Excavating of Pontoon Beach, IL was the low bidder for the demolition project when it was approved by the County Board on June 22. According to the bid, Shafer is expected to have the work completed in eight days with a tentative start time in mid-July.
Once demolition is complete, all contract negotiations on the construction of the new courthouse will be in August with construction slated to begin September 1 and finish by late December 2021.