07/16/2012 12:14 EDT | Updated 09/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia breaks ground on $31-million jail to house 200 inmates

PRIESTVILLE, N.S. - The Nova Scotia government has broken ground on a new $31 million provincial jail in Pictou County.

Justice Minister Ross Landry was among government officials who attended today's ceremony in Priestville.

The new facility, expected to open in mid-2014, is being built to replace two aging jails.

The government says the 200-bed facility will employ more than 100 people, creating 70 jobs.

Bird Construction was awarded the tender for the project on July 3.