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Limestone County Courthouse renovations in final phase

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - There is significant progress to report about renovations of the Limestone County Courthouse.

Construction crews are now in the final phase of the project.

County leaders say workers will finish Phase 2 of the $5 million project this week.

This time next year, there will be much more room for people to work out their legal differences in Limestone County.

Downtown Athens has been a cone zone for at least eight months now. But county officials insist the work is moving ahead rapidly and on schedule.

Mark Yarbrough, Limestone Co Commission Chairman, said, "We expect the courthouse to be 95% or substantially complete by January 2016."

Yarbrough says the crews will report to the commission Tuesday morning on the progress of the project.

He says they've been consistently meeting their project deadlines. And while it may look messy on the outside, Yarbrough says the inside is shaping up nicely.

"The big circuit court courtroom Is basically going to look the same.. And on the second floor there will be a mirror image of that.. And then on the south end, it'll be District Court's, so we'll have four big courtrooms," said Yarbrough.

Prior to now, there was only one large courtroom.

Yarbrough says the original plan to renovate the courthouse dates back to 1998. He's excited now that the work is in the final phase.

"Which is actually putting everything back together," he explained.

Meanwhile renovations at Athens City Hall are behind schedule. The mayor hoped to have an open house soon, but says he is now expecting the work to be completed no sooner than July. He blames bad weather.