06/06/2013 09:00 am ET Updated Aug 06, 2013

Budget-breaking Wayne Co. Jail Work Could Be Halted Today | The Detroit News

Courtesy Wayne County

Detroit -- Wayne County officials could suspend construction of a troubled jail project as soon as today after learning that final costs could be $170 million more than anticipated.

Three days after The Detroit News reported that Executive Robert Ficano is in talks to abandon the project and sell the site, his aides said Wednesday they've received new estimates showing the project may be too expensive to continue. They'll recommend to county commissioners that work be stopped for 60 days while they re-evaluate the project.

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