Track repairs facing more expensive hurdle than thought

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By Thomas Barr

SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Bringing the three high school tracks might have a little higher financial hurdle to leap than originally thought.

But before having a good handle on how much those repairs might cost, a topographic survey of each had to be conducted.

Originally, the basic repairs to the three tracks was estimated to cost around $45,000.

Scott Kramer of Kramer and Associates said that basic work would be to seal the tracks and stripe them.

However, his concern is that there would be more work needed, especially if rubberization was part of the package.

The tracks are in such disrepair that official meets cannot be held at any of the local facilities. The "county" track meet is held in other counties.

Mark Mitchell, the district director for buildings and grounds, said that the tracks could not be sealed without some repair work being done.

Kremer said his concern is what the level of expectations would be when the work was finished.

Even if a track is sealed, you will still see where any patches were done.

And, if you don't fix the cracks properly, they will return.

The most basic of repairs would involve milling out the problems, repairing the cracks, installing a seal coat and striping.

Kremer estimated that the basic repairs would run just over $90,000.

Another option is to install a rubberized surface.

Without making repairs, Kremer didn't believe the rubberized surface could be installed.

To make the rubberized surface work, he said two inches of asphalt would be needed. He estimated that would run $30,000 per track.

That would run the project cost to around $180,000.

To install a rubber surface, it would be roughly $21,000 per track.

That would make the total project about $243,000.

Kremer said it would allow for three rubberized six-lane tracks. He didn't anticipate the county having the money to widen the tracks to eight lanes, which would then require bleachers to be moved, utility relocation in some places and added material costs.

Under state high school regulations, Kremer said regional meets could be run on six-lane tracks.

Mitchell said it would be important to get the architect's estimates before starting the project.

The board unanimously approved having Horizon Engineering do the topographic survey.

The issue is on the Monday, June 16, agenda for consideration. The board meets at 6 p.m. at the central office and the public is invited to attend.