Local courts preparing for June opening of new courthouse

The new Imperial courthouse in the 600 block of Wake Avenue is shown under construction recently. Completion is expected in June 2022. PHOTO GARY REDFERN

EL CENTRO — Nearly a century after the current Imperial County Courthouse in El Centro opened to throngs marveling at an architectural wonder of the day, the county is just months away from repeating that gala.

The new $67 million, 46,000-square-foot courthouse in the 600 block of Wake Avenue in El Centro is scheduled to be completed in June 2022, according to the Judicial Branch of California, which has oversight over the Imperial County Superior Court. It is being constructed with state funds to relieve overcrowding at the current courthouse. Construction began in December 2018.

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