Elevators to be replaced at Yakima County Jail

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Construction to replace two elevators at the Yakima County Jail will begin this summer. It will cost you more than half a million dollars. That money will come from the capital improvement fund. The elevator project was initially part of the plan to upgrade security at the jail, but bids came in too high. Now, the elevator work is its own project. Jail operators said they'll have to do things differently for the time being.

"We can usually use two at a time. It's going take us down to one and it's just going slow the operations down. We won't be able to take as many inmates to one place to another," said Security Operations Chief, Scott Himes.

Jail operators said the elevators in use now are leaking hydraulic fluid. The project is expected to be finished in December.