Work on the $260-thousand project to renovate the Elk Street entrance to the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin should begin today (May 8).
Workers have spent the last two days building a temporary ramp to the Liberty Street entrance at the front of the courthouse to accommodate handicapped accessibility.
The project in the rear of the building, expected to continue through September, will eventually result in the public having entrance access through only the new back doors. In addition to new doors, the renovations will include an expanded area in which metal detectors will be installed, and the creation of two additional rooms in the rear of the historic building.
The county says the project will result not only in much-needed updates, but also in increased security.