Replacement for aging track approved

By Clint Parker

NBHS – A contract to replace the North Buncombe High School track was approved the the Buncombe County School Board at its March 5th meeting. The price tag to replace the track is $1.2 million and was won by Baseline Sports as the low bidder. Baseline Sports of Knoxville, Tennessee outbid Astroturf Corporation and Geosufaces Southeast, Inc to win the contract. The work is to be completed by the fall of this year.

“This is a six-year phased replacement program that is being carried out throughout the county high schools,” explained Buncombe County School Director of Communications Stacia Harris. According to Tim Fierle, Buncombe County School Director of Facilities, the current track, which has had rubberized surfacing added over the asphalt, has been in place since 1987. Fierle said the asphalt has significant cracks and is deteriorating from age. In addition, a survey revealed the track is not level. Finally, drainage issues will be fixed along with the other defects.

In addition to the new surfacing, the project, which is slated to begin after spring break, will add a sidewalk around the track in two locations.

“We are so excited that the North Buncombe High School Community will soon have a fully upgraded, secure, and athlete-friendly track,” said Dr. Sam Sircey, principal of North Buncombe High School. “Our current track is unusable; we understand the installation and improvements will take several months and will impact our stadium intermittttently. But, when the project is complete, we’ll have a wonderful feature that will benefit all of our students.”

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