Prisons transform rural town

Plans for a state hospital and two state prisons will boost Junction City by 2,100 people.

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The 5,000-resident community is getting ready for the construction, set to begin this fall. Also anticipated in addition to the new neighbors? The creation of construction and other long-term jobs in the hospital and prisons.

Construction is expected to begin this fall to prepare Junction City for the massive project. The minimum- and medium-security prisons and site work will cost an estimated $450 million.

The hospital is part of a project that would replace the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. The $458-million project cost includes a 620-bed hospital in Salem along with the 360-bed hospital in Junction City, which is between Corvallis and Eugene.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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