SAN QUENTIN — The state corrections department is delaying awarding a contract to build a new death row complex at San Quentin State Prison.

Paul Verke, a corrections spokesman, says the department will notify contractors with the three lowest bids seeking to build phase one of the facility on Feb. 9.

Corrections officials received nine bids on Nov. 9 with a St. Louis-based contractor submitting a low bid of $126 million.

The process calls for a contract 60 days after bids are submitted.

Verke says the extra time allows the department to brief the new administration on the estimated $356 million project.

The Marin Independent Journal is reporting that Marin County officials have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the contract and may ask a judge for temporary restraining order.

___

Information from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com