Federal courthouse groundbreaking ceremony set for Monday


After two decades of talking about a new federal courthouse, the official groundbreaking is happening Monday.

The $190-million-dollar courthouse at 6th and Riley Streets will be double the size of the current one.

The current federal courthouse on Walnut Street has four courtrooms, which many say can’t handle the caseload.

This new courthouse has eight courtrooms and 11 chambers.

In 2016, Congressman Lou Barletta said the project was a top priority. It has been on and off the table for over 10 years.

The courthouse was authorized in March of 2018.

On Monday, Congressmen Barletta, Scott Perry, and Bill Shuster will be at the groundbreaking ceremony.  Several federal judges and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse are also set to attend.

Construction is reportedly set to begin in early 2019.

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