New track for Moses Lake High School is meeting deadline, budget

MOSES LAKE – Renovations to the Moses Lake High School track are on schedule.

It should be ready for use by students on Sept. 19, according to the district.

The old surface was removed about a week ago and new asphalt has been laid down, athletic director Loren Sandhop said.

The javelin runway and discus ring are completed. The new long jump, pole vault runways and landing pits should be finished by Aug. 31.

“We’re still in a construction zone, but work is proceeding quickly. The new asphalt needs time to cure before the new surface is put in, but we’re confident it will be done on time and it’s going to be a major improvement over how it’s been for the last few years,” Sandhop said.

The project is meeting the budget of $400,000, said Moses Lake School District Director of Business Operations Eric Johnson. The money to pay for the renovations came from the district’s Capital Projects fund.

“We were fortunate to have the bids for the elementary schools, we’ve constructed over the past few years, be under our projected estimates, and that gave us most of the money we could use for this project,” Johnson said.

The track was in need of replacement after severe cracks and erosion degraded the running surface. Sandhop approached district administrators in April to find funding for renovations as any further degradation in the 20-year-old track would render it unsafe for student or community use.

Moses Lake middle schools and the high school use the track as part of their physical education programs and it is open for general community use throughout the year.

Johnson estimates the track surface will be installed with painting by Sept. 14. Barring unexpected delays due to weather, the track should reopen on Sept. 19.



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