Construction on the new home for Wood River Police is running behind its original schedule, but is still on track tobe finished in 2017. After reviewing plans, the state EPA has asked for additional material to be used as a vapor barrier under the building which has delayed the ground breaking.
The original design called for a 6-millimeter barrier, but due to the site of the building, the EPA is asking for 60-millimeters. The site of the new building will be the corner of Highway 143 and 6th Street on property donated by BP. The plans were sent to the state for approval late last year, and with the requested changes, the December groundbreaking was postponed. The IEPA said it requested the additional material as a vapor barrier due to the site being a former refinery and oil storage facility. Wood River City Council members heard an update on the plans at their meeting this week with City Manager Jim Schneider saying he did not expect the changes to result in much of a delay believing the new police station will be open sometime next year.