Regional
3:42 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

Las Cruces Federal Courthouse Should Be Complete This Week

Las Cruces – Construction on the new federal courthouse in Las Cruces is wrapping up Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Robert Brack says crews are working to see that the deadline is met.

The $91.2 million project began in January 2007. The building won't open to the public until March 16 because federal offices must still be furnished.

Until then, Brack says the federal court will continue operating from its site in the Harold L. Runnels Federal Building.

Brack says two commissioned art pieces, a painting and a sculpture, won't be finished by next week but should be in place by mid-June.

Officials say the new courthouse is needed because of overcrowding and security problems.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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