Lawmakers antsy to buy land for Utah prison, begin bringing in dirt

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SALT LAKE CITY — Now that Utah lawmakers have selected a site for the new state prison, they're antsy to get more specific so they can start sending truckloads of dirt to the land west of Salt Lake City International Airport.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( ) that the land there is soft and wet, so officials say adding an estimated 1.3 million cubic yards of dirt will help keep the prison complex from sinking.

Lawmakers are nudging project overseer Jim Russell to get started early.

But there's not much Russell can do until the state actually buys the land for the 4,000-bed prison. The Division of Facilities Construction and Management is eying two sites, one closer to the Great Salt Lake and another about halfway between the lake and the airport.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

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