SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — Here in Woodbury County, after nearly five years of planning, work is underway on the construction of a new county jail and Law Enforcement Center.

Lieber Construction has started ground work at the future jail site on 28th street near the lake forest mobile home park.

Lieber is being paid more than $600,000 for the work, a total below the original estimate for the project.

The new enforcement center will eventually house nearly 450 inmates and be home to the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department. It will have four court rooms and office space.

Law Enforcement Authority Chairman Ron Wieck said safety is a focus with the new facility.

“What it will do for the community, number one it will take the responsibility from the tax payers of Woodbury County, the safety of the officers that work in that facility everyday, this facility is highly designed for that purpose,” said Wieck.

A construction contract for the project has not been awarded.

The building process is expected to take two years.