Depending on weather conditions, the reconstruction of the Gretna Middle School track should cause little disruption for runners and walkers.
Again, assuming the weather isn’t extreme, officials said at the Aug. 27 Gretna Public Schools Board of Education meeting.
The board approved the contract to Elkhorn West for $526,000 to redo the track.
Superintendent Kevin Riley said the track is 32 years old and needs to be replaced.
It started as an asphalt track and a rubber surface was put on top of that, but every seven to 10 years it needed a new overlay. Eventually, however, the overlay was not enough. The asphalt begins to spider-web and then crumble, Riley said.
“If you’ve been on the track, you know we have to do something,” he said.
Workers will completely tear it out and put down new rock base, sand, asphalt and rubber surface. A meeting is Friday and work should begin soon thereafter. Target completion date is Dec. 1.
Money to pay for this project was not originally in the $35.8 million school bond approved by voters in November 2010. Riley said enough of the other bids came in lower than expected, and so that extra bond money will be used to pay for this project.
“We are in the position we can do this out of the bond proceeds,” Riley said.
He said he knows this is an important facility not only to the school, but for Gretna.
“The community uses that track all year round,” he said, or at least 10 months out of the year. “We got a lot of use out of that track.”