Crews start pouring pier caps

Temperatures keep rising out at the construction site, but that hasn’t stopped crews from pushing forward on the new Comal County Jail.

Beginning Thursday, crews began pouring concrete caps for and setting anchor bolts atop the massive concrete piers that will help support superstructure components of the new jail, such as its structural steel columns.

Elsewhere on the site, NBU is replacing an existing clay wastewater line that will service the new jail, while contractors continue drilling roughly 1,600 steel helical piers and 200 concrete piers. The helical piers range from 15 to 50 feet deep, while the concrete piers range from 30 to 35 feet.

Work on the jail’s foundation will continue through next spring while crews will begin installing the steel frame, tilt-up wall panels, roof and concrete slabs in stages as portions of the foundation are complete. Work on the exterior is expected to finish by next summer, with the jail being substantially complete in the fall of 2019.

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