By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison Superintendent Bruce Hoover said a safety review of the high school track last spring found that some prior patching repairs on the track are pulling away and creating gaps on the surface. He said an inspector noted the district is “a season away” from possibly losing the track unless repairs were made.
The track was installed in Cruiser Stadium in 2003 and has a 20 year life span if it is maintained. Deputy Superintendent John Hurd said it would cost the district $160,000 if it had to replace the track.
The district received a bid of $58,280 from Heiberger Paving Inc. to make repairs to and resurface the track. The repairs would include: cleaning and scraping the track surface, filling seam cracks, applying two coats of red structural spray, and striping eight lanes.
Hoover said it would be best to have the work done before the impact of the fall and winter freezing and thawing seasons set in.
“It would take about five days to complete the work,” said Hurd.
However, the board postponed making a decision on contracting for repairs to the track until its September meeting. The board wants to get a second bid on the project before entering into a contract for repairs.