Construction on the new Pike County judicial center is officially underway.
Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
The new building on Main Street will be nearly 95-thousand square feet and cost 30 million dollars.
Some historical buildings were torn down to make room.
Officials say it is needed because the current courthouse is too small and does not have enough security.
"This judicial center is pretty important to to our community and to the justice center and represents a culmination of several years of work between many people to get this building built." says Pike County Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman.
Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton was the guest speaker at the ceremony.