What started as a resurfacing project and then turned into a complete replacement instead has been finished at the Charles City High School football stadium.
The track around Comets’ football field was to be resurfaced with a new overlay last August, but once work began, crews and school officials found the track had been resurfaced so many times, adding another layer would not solve the problem long term. It was determined to take the track “back down to the studs” by removing the multi-layered track completely and replacing it with a new track that would last the school district several years into the future.
Thus, the project was halted last summer and delayed until after this past track season finished. Director of Operations Jerry Mitchell says work on the track was officially completed last week and is now available for the public to walk and/or run on.
Initial costs for track resurfacing were estimated at about $270,000, but having to replace it entirely added about $200,000 to the project.
Mitchell says cement for the long jump area near the north end zone was also redone and the shot put was relocated by the discus. Conduit has also been installed from the scoreboard to the south play clock, eliminating the need to run an extension cord to operate the play clock during football games..