A new state police barracks in Towamensing Township should be completed by spring.

Construction of the new, 8,235-square-foot building at 9170 Interchange Road is under way, according to Maria Finn, press secretary, Pennsylvania State Police.

Finn said the building is expected to be finished by March.

Once completed, the station will replace the existing barracks, at 5730 Interchange Road, which has served as headquarters for State Police at Lehighton since May 25, 1993.

Finn said the new station will house a communications room, patrol unit, criminal investigations unit, station commander's office, clerk and file room, storage room, conference room, mechanical room, server and telephone room, and an impound lot. The layout of the station is of a proprietary nature.

Since it is a landlord-held property, Finn said the actual cost to construct the new building is unknown. The landlord is responsible for the total funding of the property, she said.

In the meantime, Finn said State Police at Lehighton continue to use the current barracks on a month-to-month lease.

Because the current building is the lessor's property, it could eventually be sold or rented to another tenant, she said.